I've got a few in my class. The 3 that give me the most trouble consistently tell me they don't want to do the work and throw fits in their own style when I give them the deserved consequence. Most of the time they have to sit in the room during recess while they work on whatever work they tried to excuse themselves from. Every once in a while I feel that their defiance deserves a referral. Nothing really seems to work though. An even greater worry is that these students are also very low AND when they tune me out during instructional time they miss even more. It's my first year and I feel like I spend way too much time disciplining and not enough time instructing. These kids are punishing themselves two-fold and they don't realize it! What can I do to turn the situation around?