I have been dealing with a new problem (for me) and was hoping to get some of the awesome advice I find here so often. I have a student that is new to the school this year. He is repeating the grade after refusing to do any work last year at his previous school. He is a very pleasant child that gets along well with his classmates. His test results (that he has actually taken) have shown him to be one of the better academic performers in the class (though, he is repeating the grade). He simply refuses to do work. Specifically, he refuses to write the most. I have tried giving him praise, encouraging him, and offering rewards. I have taken away recess (to do the work he is missing), not given him treats (school-wide leveling system denies rewards to students below level four). Nothing seems to really motivate him to work. When I do get him to work, it normally will be with me sitting in a chair next to his desk as he works. As soon as I walk away, his pencil drops and he ceases to work. It seems that his non-compliant behavior is attention seeking. The other afternoon he owed his recess due to his behavior. There was one other student that owed some time off recess for a different reason. The other student was tapping his pencil, which I asked him to stop. A few moments later my non-compliant student began tapping his behavior. This got me wondering... I said nothing and after a few moments he increased the speed/volume of his tapping. Again, I said nothing and a few moments later he started to drag his feet on the carpet. I am not sure about his home life, however, his mother has not been much assistance up to this point. I am just trying to piece together a decent plan to get him on-track. I was thinking of doing some sort of reward program that will come with his compliance with consequences attached for his non-compliance. Any ideas?