Good evening, A little dilemma here... I have a couple of students from broken homes in my 10-12th grade Algebra classes. They say that they are hungry, tired because they can't sleep (due to drunkenness and other drama at home) so they won't work in class. They get free lunch and breakfast but they complain about the food or their parents drop them off after breakfast. They are nice students overall and I get along with them but these few students won't work. I think they are being true but I the biggest problem is that they veer off the class during in class collaboration by talking about their problems. I don't like my classes to be completely silent because I want students to help each other with problems when they are assigned work after I lecture. They have seen counselors, the principal, but yet nothing seems to help them. The principal/counselors are very supportive, however no one wants to kick them out because their home life is bad. These students actually dislike Thanksgiving/Holiday breaks because they have to go home. When I try to get them to work, it's always, "I can't, I'm too tired, too much happened last night for me to concentrate" At least I only have about 5 students like this in all my classes but would love some help from any fellow teachers here. Thanks!