I have a tough class. The class is tough with everyone, veteran and new teachers alike. They do not perform for any of us. They have zero work ethic. We have had meetings about what to do about this class as a whole. Our principal told us to "send them out" when they are disruptive. This results is us sending the same kids out everyday. I found that positive reinforcement seems to work better than - say - detentions. They were very good on the day that they had to be in order to go watch a movie in a different class. I already rule with an iron fist, but I recently made a classroom privileges poster and deemed Friday's "FREE SSR FRIDAYS!" They are allowed to bring in blankets and pillows, sit anywhere, snack and drink water, and listen to music if they have headphones. Basically, all the things I would usually allow if they were a different class. I cross off one of these privileges every time they get too rowdy until Friday's look like every other day in my classroom: a prison. I've recently implemented the use of a behavior tracking chart as well. I give each student a 1-5 "rating" on his/her behavior (subjective, yes, but determined via a rubric) and I've decided that if a student gets all 1's, he/she should be rewarded. Since none of my rewards (or even punishments!) seem to elicit the desired response, I'm wondering what you all use as rewards/punishments for high school students. Sure, they want to sit in my seat if I let them, but they won't do work for it. They certainly don't want to have lunch with me. In fact, I've brought in students for "intervention" during lunch because my principal told me to stop writing so many detentions for things like forgetting their books or refusing to do any work. Just asking.