I am a new addition to the charter school where I work as a reading coach. Part of what I am doing is pushing into the various language arts classes to provide support for the teachers and the students. For the most part, this is going really well. However, the seventh grade LA teacher is a student teacher, and she wants to be the only teacher in the room. So, I am working with two 8th grade teachers in their "enrichment" block, for which they have 7th grade. The block is two separate periods put together; one teacher has the first, and the other teacher has the second. Now, these kids have basically been sitting around doing nothing the entire year. Enrichment is supposed to be a place where they get extra instruction in reading and math. Instead, they fool around and talk. One of the teachers is almost as new to the school as I am, and the other has been here all year. He's been letting the kids do whatever. I am really struggling with getting them to actually sit and try. The first day, I brought books in from my public library for them to read, and two of them sat there and refused, while the others got books and proceeded to talk instead of read. Their attitude seems to be, "whatever, I can do what I want". They aren't graded for this block, so they have no reason to behave. Any tips? Pointers? One of the teachers will work with me to structure the time, but the other is really laid back and chats with the students. I don't want to step on any toes. Has anyone had success with a creative lesson for seventh graders?