I took a job teaching a resource room biology class. I started yesterday and would like to receive tips on how to best keep a class of two engaged..yes, two. Well, technically it should be 3, but one student was suspended and I cannot get a definite answer as to his return. The students I have are night and day. One is very engaged, excited to learn the content and some lab work. The second student is the complete opposite. He would rather sleep and try to cause a disturbance. He is already refusing work these first two days. From reading his IEP and speaking with his other teachers and administation (even the P), this is how he always been. According to the staff who currently has him and did have him, his mom is concerned too but is unsure of how to handle him and they believe its his way of coping as he has a pretty low iq. I want to nip it in the bud from the get-go. However, with it being a very small group, I am not sure the best way to approach it. My goals is to have an engaged, hands-on classroom, but it'll be difficult with just one participating student. I am thinking of starting by calling mom and touching base with her (to introduce myself) and see what best works for him. Any other suggestions?????