What do you do when a student refuses to work? I have who students who when given an assignment just sit there. I've tried talking with them, talking to their parents, showing them their grades, bribing them, etc. We've gone over how much money you make with a high school diploma vs a GED vs a skilled laborer vs a college degree. I've talked to other teachers and they are having similar problems with the students. Our school is an alternative recovery school, so I realize that a lot of our students have been given up before. The work is not above their level of understanding either, they and I know that they have the ability to succeed in the work. I just don't know what else to do to motivate them. I'm at my wits end on how to get them to do something rather than just sitting there like a lump on a log.