I'm not sure where to post this, but I was wondering if there was a possibility, or even interest for a new sub-forum. I was thinking this could include: - juvenile detention facilities - community / court schools - schools in drug / alcohol rehabilitation - alternative school settings for at-risk youth - whatever else would fit in this category I love these forums, and I get so much advice from here. But I often feel that my situation doesn't quite fit with traditional school settings, and it would be great to have another sub-forum to vent, discuss and find answers in. Some of the differences are - we don't give homework. We just don't. - they also can't take anything with them to their dorms. So vocabulary instruction, for example is limited to the actual classtime, they can't look words / meaning over in the evening. They can't look over their textbooks, etc. - no parent interaction - no access to internet (webquests, internet-based lessons are out) - limited access to computers - constant interruptions from officers - some students routinely are absent from class, because they have other classes to attend (parenting class, anger management, substance abuse, etc). on the other hand, there are no unexcused tardies or absences - negative attitude towards learning - disruptions are frequent, they can quickly escalate to physical fights. They don't happen too often, but when they do, there is no warning, and i happens under 1 minute - mixed grade levels. students ages of 16-19 are in same classes, some have reading levels of grade 5, while other already passed the CAHSEE or even have their GED. - students have interrupted schooling - reward systems are different. A reward may be something as simple as giving them envelope and nice stationary to write letters home, or give a positive referral to the officers, for which they often get the chance to make a phone call. - no food allowed (teachers often sneak candy, chips, etc. to them, but these are prohibited). I give them lotion sometimes, and hand sanitizer, (not to take, just a little squirt in the hand), but actually I could get in trouble for these. - other than these, not even sure what to reward them with. They want to listen to music and watch movie all the time or go on the internet (all of these I can't do, because they want to listen to gangster-rap, internet is not allowed, and school policy states that movies must be tied to the curriculum,) These are just some of the differences. It would be great to hear advice from those who are or have been in the same situation. But I don't even know if this applies to others. Again, this is not to say that others' advice is not appreciated or validated, please don't take it like that.