Has anyone just dumped out a marble jar entirely as a melodramatic show to indicate that you're not pleased? I have a group of first graders that has been a nightmare since spring break three weeks ago. They came back and have no response to attention getting techniques that we've used since September. Out of 21 kids, about six are wonderful and about six more are outrageous. The rest fall in the middle. The clip chat doesn't phase them anymore. The same group of boys spends recess inside every day with no change in behavior. Today, the librarian nearly kicked everyone out of library. They lined up outside quietly, then ran inside and climbed all over each other on the rug. No response at all to her calls for attention. She had to literally yell to be heard over them. Then a few of them dumped books on the floor. She and I agreed that next week we'd skip library time. I made them write letters of apology to her as soon as we got back to the classroom. I have a clip chart and a table point system. In March, I instituted a marble jar to encourage classroom cooperation and to try to keep the chatter down during work time, for my six noisemakers in particular. It worked for a few weeks, but lately, as soon as I put marbles in, the good behavior stops. It's like they've done what they came for and feel like after they're rewarded, they can do what they want. I actually stand there and plunk the marbles out of the "earned" jar and back into the storage box one by one to catch their attention. After their behavior in library today, which was basically a repeat of the way they acted in the classroom last Friday, I'm considering dumping out all of the marbles tomorrow and telling them I'm taking it home. I may have to just work on rewarding the cooperative kids, since consequences don't work with the badly behaved ones. I'd be fibbing if I said this wasn't affecting my confidence. I've never had such difficulty with classroom management. I honestly don't know what other steps to take when parents couldn't care less about what's going on in school.