**a little long... I'm almost to the point that I want to give up. My entire class is one big problem. I have 3 or 4 students who are ALWAYS on their best behavior and consistently do their work. I have no complaints there! However, the rest of my class is a disaster waiting to happen. From the very beginning, I had the classroom procedures, rules and consequences in place. We practiced, practiced, and practiced some more; and we continue to review them daily. I am very consistent with the routine and carrying out rules and procedures. Many of my students, though, refuse to do their work and hardly ever do anything at all. We finished a unit in Reading last week, so we reviewed and tested this week. As the students were doing the unit test today, I could see that many of them were just filling in bubbles for the first thing that came to mind, "Oh, I think I'll pick B on this one." It's making me crazy. A few of the students are extremely lazy and it rubs off on my better students. I have tried giving 0s for missing assignments, notes home, calls to parents, meetings with parents, meetings with the principal, trying to discuss it with the student individually to find ways we can work together so they can get the best out of their education. I have tried consequences that go along with special classes and free time, I've praised the good students, have given incentive cards. They just don't care. Parent-teacher conferences were last week and I had 8 parents show up (out of 26). Out of the 8 parents, only one of those was a parent I actually had to discuss any real issues with. Some of them don't care either. Along with the academic issues goes the arguing and fighting that is constantly going on, as well as stealing and defacing school property. I'm just not sure what to do any more. I'm running out of strategies. How do I reach students who don't want to be there? What can I do to put out some of these fires before they get started? The principal said that 3 of my students should be in alternative school because of their behavior, but that's the same thing he said last year. Nothing will be done to deal with it. Things just don't seem to be getting better and I'm beginning to dislike my job. I'm sure I'll be criticized for a lack of discipline or something that someone will find wrong, but I would really appreciate any advice that might make this situation a little better.