Now, believe me, I know the initial reaction of most - behavior should be separate of grades. Poor behavior should not influence a students grade average but instead be dealt with separately. Here's my situation. I have one class a day that is total chaos. I guess it's my fault as a bad teacher for letting it get this far but believe me when I tell you that I've tried everything - EVERYTHING. If I'm a terrible classroom manager, I still somehow manage my other classes just fine because there are no significant problems. I've never given out a detention or had to bribe with rewards in any of my other classes throughout my day. However, this class is on a whole other level. It is small group resource room (as is my other classes) so there are only 8 students. Of the 8, 4 of them are very well-behaved and genuinely want to learn and succeed. As for the other 4, Student 1 - comes in every day with wild eyes like he's on something (there's no other way to describe it). He will not stay quite for even 10 seconds - and I've timed it. He just rambles uncontrollably no matter what is going on. If he can't think of anything to comment on, he just sits and sings loudly. I've moved his chair so he faces a wall but he still twists his body around and just rambles out of control like you would expect of someone on some kind of illegal stimulant. Student 2 - just does whatever he feels like. If he wants to talk, he talks. If he wants to sing, he sings. If he wants to walk across the room and shove someone jokingly, he does. You get the picture? Student 3 - talks, gets up, wrestles other students in the middle of my classroom, etc. Sometimes he threatens me. "What are you going to do? I'll knock you out..." And then laughs and says "Just kidding." Student 4 - If the other 3 are acting crazy - which they almost always are - takes that as a green light to just join in the chaos. On top of that, he constantly calls out in class how I’m a bad teacher because he’s failing my class. It’s my fault that he pays no attention to me, does almost no work and never studies. Everything I’ve tried has failed. No rewards motivate them and nothing deters them. Yes, I’ve called parents, sent them to the office (which is frowned upon but the VP BTW), and taken away privileges. I’ve also tried every rewards system I could think of. Yes, they all have ADHD, ODD, and learning disabilities. I can’t imagine that this is a sufficient excuse for their behaviors. I’m giving them a test on Wed. I would bet anything that the four of them continue to shout and act wild during their test. I think it’s grossly unfair to the other 4 who are trying to take the test to have to endure these 4 students. It will most certainly negatively impact their test performance. Plus, there has to be some consequences for acting this way. I want to deduct 5 points every time they talk. This will most certainly mean that the 4 of them will fail since they talk constantly. But what else can I do? Am I wrong to tie in behavior with grades this way? I just don’t know what else to do.