I have posted before about being miserable with my fifth grade student's behavior/disrespect. It isn't just their behavior either, the quality of their work is unacceptable. I almost feel as if somewhere along the lines, they were allowed to not turn in work or turn in poor quality work and still receive decent grades. Well, I just finished averaging grades and after dropping the lowest grade for each student, half of the class is failing my classes. But a couple are getting A's and the sixth graders are doing well (except a couple who refuse to do anything). The second quarter consisted of learning about the differences between fiction and nonfiction, writing in the expository domain, and we read the novel, Loser, by Jerry Spinelli. The kids enjoyed to book and could discuss it in class, but their grades are extremely low on a whole. They have assessments every nine weeks by the county and their reading test scores averaged 55% for the class. I feel like I bust my butt to plan lessons that meet their needs. I cannot do any kind of guided reading groups because no matter what I do, how many times I discuss the procedures and rules for this time, the classroom is literally a circus and nothing gets done. I can't help but feel like this is a reflection on me, but when I keep going over it in my mind, I come to the conclusion that I have reasonable expectations and there has got to be something else that I can do. Parents, on a whole, don't care, they don't respond to notes, phone calls, etc... They only seem to care when report cards come out and they are ready to come in and point blame. I am absolutely depressed, annoyed, and unhappy with the current situation.