I used to think of apathy as kids having an openly bad attitude. Now I'm starting to realize that the following also fall into it: Not turning in assignments Not listening to directions Not following their grades online Lack of energy or enthusiasm in class I find that, just like a performer, if I don't have a good audience (all I need from them is a little energy), it's hard for me to teach in an engaging way. That is, with enthusiasm myself. When I say hello to a kid and they don't respond, or when I make a funny or sarcastic remark about something, and the class is quiet, I think, "Boy is this group booorrriiiiinnnng!" What experiences have you all had with apathy and what have you found helps YOU (the most important person in the classroom) get motivated? I have considered some games I learned from a theater teacher years ago that actually would get kids out of their seats and moving, but they are not practical on a daily basis.