I have been so frustrated lately! I am 30 years old and started a teaching credential program in California. I just moved here from New York, so this is a career change. I teach 11th Grade English. My students have had a difficult time with teachers this year. There initial teacher was fired after two months and then these students went on 4 more months with a new sub every month. I got hired officially and started the end of February. There is just 2 more months of school but I'm so irritated! I have done powerpoints, kahoots, interactive games, tests, essay, anything I can think of to engage them but just a handful of students pay attention and the other half is loud and obnoxious. I have given warnings and referrals but the students state they don't care if any of that happens. They don't care if I call home. Most of the time, parents don't even call me make. Also, we are not allowed to confiscate phones. Students are ALWAYS on their phones. It is just so rude and they don't learn anything. Maybe they would if they actually paid attention. I've even give two options for a lesson and let the students pick, in order for them to be more invested in their learning... but they STILL do not pay attention. They have a state test coming up and I am gracious enough to go over some content in class bc they requested it. Well... I did that today in the form of interactive practice tests and Kahoot and by the time I was done only 3 students were working with me to solve the problems on the powerpoint slides. I have a daily rubric where they get participation points/behavior points per day. That totals to 20% of their grade. They just don't care. I am at a lose of words on how they just don't care. This is a public school. I never went to public school. IS THIS HOW IT IS?!?!?!?!