What do you do when students are quietly refusing to participate? I have a couple 1st graders who have "checked out" at this point in the year, will put their heads down in class (usually after being told to stop doing another not-allowed activity), and avoid entire lessons. My fear is that this will escalate into other students copying the behavior or thinking it's OK to act out. These kiddos have behavior charts and I've been in contact with parents throughout the school year... both students' parents have said that they are also having a hard time at home... so I'm just looking for ways to handle it in class. Talking with them usually results in either the student saying "I just don't want to" or having a tantrum/meltdown. Should I ignore them? Give them an alternate task to do, like taking something to the office as a distraction? I'm worried about accidentally making them feel rewarded for bad behavior (especially if they still don't participate afterward), but with only a few weeks left of school, I feel like anything that works is worthwhile... Please let me know if you have any ideas. It's happening every day, all day, and it's driving me nuts. lol.