Among my first grade classes, this has been one of the more problematic. I've never had first graders who were as apathetic as this bunch. A whole lot of "I don't want to do this" and really, really poor quality work from some of the brighter ones. And the kids who are struggling often act as if they don't really care if they learn to read. I also have many to act as if getting in trouble is funny. Many will misbehave immediately after getting a consequence for the exact same behavior. I've joked that if I took away recess for every time a kid ignored me when told them to do something, we would have to extend the school year so there would be more school days with recess that I could take away. I have 13 boys and 7 girls. Only three of the girls and four of the boys are consistently well behaved. But what concerns me more are the five or six students in the class who are below or far below where they should be and don't seem very interested in the extra effort needed to get caught up. Here are some random facts, perhaps you can help me sort them out. 9 out of 10 students did not attend our school for kindergarten. My attendance for the year has been 93%. 86% for January and February. This is very low for our school. The other first grades are much higher. I have five students who have one or more of the following issues: Recent homelessness A parent who has a restraining order or is on the run from the law A parent who is homeless due to drug abuse This is an odd one. I have a very liberal bathroom policy. If a child needs to go, I let them. And yet, this year, I've had more kids have "accidents" on the playground than ever. Every couple weeks. In the past, it's only been a few times a year. I have 5 kids who had not yet turned 6 when the school year started. Most of the accidents are among this group. Among this group are 3 out of my 5 students reading far below grade level. These kids just don't seem interested in doing anything.