Teach PE in at an urban middle school where 90% of the students are living in homes at or below the poverty line. Was warned ahead of time about all of the behavior problems I could expect, but was told the small classes have made it manageable in the past. Behavior problems are a huge issue but not as big as student engagement. Most of my classes are about 14-16 kids. However, a minimum of 2-3 are absent daily. Roughly the same number actively fail by wearing inappropriate clothing to class (not just run of the mill dress-code, but shoes like heels or sandals). So on a good day I'm left with 10 participants, 2-3 of which change but don't participate and won't even express any feeling about what they would like to do vs not do in class. Those who are excited for class quickly get ****** at the others for sabotaging class. So this limits my lesson options substantially. Know its a bleak picture, but has anyone encountered a somewhat similar situation and how did you deal with it?