I am just back from maternity leave after being gone most of the first semester, and my 7th and 8th graders are probably the most apathetic bunch I have ever worked with. One class is absolutely silent whenever I pose a question (even a non-thinker like, "How many people were born in 2000?"). And if I ever call on anyone, the most I get is a shrug, and maybe an "I don't know" if I'm lucky to receive a verbal response. I teach by following the "Right is Right" mantra, so I don't let them off the hook until they give me an answer, but man is it exhausting! Even just having them respond after I say "Good morning" is a task. Every single period. Every single day. Any tips on working with students in this situation? The lack of sleep as my baby has now decided to wake up 5-6 times a night does not help. Edit: I should add that I teach English, Support English, and ELD, so the majority of my students are low-skilled or English learners. I have taught these subjects before without this issue, but I know ELD kids can often tend to be on the quieter side.