This hasn't been a great year for me, as a teacher. I know some of it has to be my fault, and some of it is the students, but I feel like I need to figure something out. I have been wracking my brain most of the year to figure out what to do, and I am at my wits end. A good majority of my students are lazy. They do not pay attention in class, and distract others, in spite of my best efforts to maintain control. Many (read as most) do not do assignments anywhere close to on time, thereby not benefiting from them as much as they could (or in some cases, at all). Several of my students do not even come to class with materials to participate -- math book, pencil, and paper. Every test, and most quizzes, that I have given, has been a disaster. I have looked back at the tests, and I made sure I am testing what I am attempting to teach them, and they match. The most recent test is no exception. I even gave them a review packet that had most of the test questions in it, with minor changes (changed names or numbers or both, but the process remained the same), and some where the exact test problem. I went over the review, gave them the answers, showed them how to do it. Of the 2 "regular" classes that I have graded so far (haven't graded one of the classes yet) 3 students - out of 51 - have had above a D. That means that 48 have D's and F's. Looking through, part of the students just didn't show their work -- which I made clear each day was the easiest way to get no credit. If no work is shown, I have no idea how they got their answers. Many students didn't answer the question being asked -- they answered whatever they wanted. This has been an ongoing problem this year. I don't know how to motivate my students. I even allow test corrections to raise their test grades, but most do not do them. Assignments can be done until the end of the quarter, for up to 70% credit. Many do not appear to care. I do not agree with resorting to bribery -- I am philosophically against rewarding people for what they are supposed to be doing. But I don't know what to do any more. My other team teachers have the same problems, but not quite to the same degree -- math is built on itself, and harder to catch up in that their classes. I welcome any advice. I feel like I am failing miserably.