I was wondering if anyone has ever used any raffle ticket style motivation? or if anyone has any ideas about how to motivate Urban school 9th graders? I teach English. I started teaching the students at the beginning of the second card marking. Progress reports went out right before break and on them about 1/3 of my students were failing. Now...they took a test on the Odyssey right before break that number is even larger. And they also had another large point assignment due right before break and many didn't turn it in. Some went from As to Cs and Cs to Es. I am really concerned!!! Much of the issue is that they don't focus on what I am trying to teach them or they don't do their assignments. Sometimes by the time they do do them they just got the answers from someone else and so they didn't learn anything. Attendance is also VERY poor! This doesn't help at all because they are way behind. Our school policy is not to give much homework because of the students' "home life." They are 'parents' to their younger siblings, are forced to work, etc. Please help!!! Any advise would be appreciated. I thought about doing some type of reward system...get a raffle ticket towards earning something...or receiving some other sort of item that will help them work towards a "prize"... not sure. I feel like the students are testing to see how little work they can do before I will fail them... I hope they have gotten the point now.