So I have a meeting with my new team next week. I am really excited to loop up with my class this year! The others, how should I put this...are a little less than enthused for the upcoming year. This grade level has had a high number of retainees the past few years and very low test scores-this year has to be different! We had a meeting before the end of the year and it didn't go as well as I had hoped-the attitudes were just so negative. They are full of excuses: it's the kids, it's the parents, it's the teachers from the previous year who didn't teach them anything (which by the way, I'm one of). The one with the least experience-just finishing her 2nd year (and wanted to meet somewhere that served drinks ) said there was nothing she would change about her teaching-she's done everything she can! I don't think I will ever get to a point where I don't go home every day thinking about what I can do better-so I don't understand that belief-especially when the numbers are just so dismal. I didn't want to seem argumentative and push it; but what they are doing is just not working--I know it's really a fine line. I'm the grade chair-so leading this meeting next week. You guys always have such advice :help:-how can I turn the tone more positive? How do I TACTFULLY get them geared up to work harder next year in order to better serve these kids without sounding like the annoying cheerleader who just gets a bunch of ? Oh, and I do have supportive admin-I just don't want to get them involved until I have to, you know.