I'm working as a reading tutor for a local middle school. I am doing a scripted reading program geared towards improving test scores (of course). Every lesson is written out word-for-word and I have to do 1/day. I can't deviate from the book. For the most part, though it gets terribly repetitious and mundane, my groups are fine. I have one group of seven 8th-graders though that give me a hard time every day. They are my first period group and by the time they leave, I'm totally drained and cranky for most of the rest of the morning (even though my 2 groups after them are the sweetest). I'm elementary and this is my first experience working with 7th and 8th graders so it's all new to me. Every morning this group comes in (mainly just three boys) and tells me how stupid the class is, that I treat them like babies (or the choice "R" word they love to throw around so much), that they feel stupid being in the class, etc. I can understand that the program IS babyish and I don't blame them for feeling that way. However, I, the reading specialist, and guidance have all explained to them numerous times WHY they're in the class but honestly, every morning it's like I just push play on a recording because the same comments come out of their mouth and don't stop for the whole period. I do give out rewards for good behavior but that has lost its effectiveness. On top of it, the whole chemistry of the group is awful. The kids don't get along with each other and we can't switch any of the kids with kids from the other class because there's always some sort of issue going on with this one or that one. My other 8th grade group is on a lower level than these kids so we can't even switch periods for some of them. I'm really at my wit's end with these kids. I feel like I've done everything I can, as far as going to guidance and administration and using the positive reinforcement. I feel like my hands are tied because I can't deviate from the scripted lessons. These kids DO need this reading. They wouldn't have been placed in the class if their test scores and screenings didn't reflect a need for improvement. But I've woken up every morning this week with a stress headache just thinking about dealing with this group. I need some advice from anyone who is willing to offer some!