I am in a small rural school with a high poverty rate. Almost every single student in every single class in the building is giving the minimum effort needed to scrape by, or less. In my Geometry class I have been moving at a pretty quick pace because none of the students have even been pretending to try. I finish my lessons and I have maybe one or two out of 18 get their participation points for the day. Even the students working on problems are very rarely asking questions. I think that my class is already easier than any class I ever took. I allow all notes and past assignments to be used on every assessment. The only thing I don't allow is the book for mid-chapter quizzes and tests. My daily homework quizzes are 5 of the exact problems from the previous night homework. I post the answers on the board for them when they come in the room. When they run out of questions to ask (usually less than 4) I start the quiz and they can use the assignment or anything else. But I still don't get ANY 5/5's. The quiz I just gave had a high score of 60% on 20 questions that came off of a worksheet that they had for a day and I let them use it during the quiz. No one ever comes in outside of class for help. Now that the quarter is ending tomorrow I have had a ton of requests for extra credit and for me to slow down and spend more time on each topic. But I feel that I shouldn't have to slow down if they are wasting my time every day and not trying at all. I have thought about letting them use their book on all assignments as well because I highly doubt it will help much. I hear rumors that other math teachers would only make it through 3 or 4 chapters in an entire year. I feel that if I slow down and conform to their level I will hurt them because they will not experience everything that they need. How can it be any worse if I keep pace to cover the book? At least they would have experienced a little bit of everything. Am I being unreasonable?