As grades were due last week, I find myself repeating over and over... "You can't get good grades if you don't turn in any work." My freshman seem to be having a hard time with this concept, and think that turning in a couple missing assignments should make up for a whole quarter of incomplete work, slacking off in class, no homework, etc. I regularly print out grade reports for them, send home grade reports, call home for kids who regularly miss big assignments, etc. It's really just the freshman who don't seem to understand that failing a class WILL hurt them in the long run (a cycle that is extremely prevalent at my school). Any suggestions as to how to better motivate them? And get the concept across that good grades require consistantly doing the work? Obviously, internal motivation is the best, etc etc. Fact of the matter is, they have no motivation of any kind, much less internal.