ARGH!@#$% I am about to SCREAM!!!!! I have a wonderful class this year. They are very sweet and seem to be bright as well. Of course, after last year anything is good. I am so frustrated though becasue for how good they are they are equally unmotivated. I have about 4 boys and 3 girls that don't listen, pay attention, or even seem to care at times. They are not a bother to anyone, but they don't pay attention. I just gave my spelling test and 1 of my boys turned in his test and had only written 11 of the 20 words. On my reading test 1 boy turned his paper in and said I didn't finish because my pencil broke (AGAIN!). He sat there during the whole test and did nothing. (I am giving an Oral Reading Fluency test at this time.) Yet another child turned in his reading test half done. In between each child reading to me I reminded him to get on task. His mom says he'll grow out of it like his sister did. I really just needed to vent. If you have any suggestions please feel free. I am at a loss. HOW do you motivate children that are unmotivated???? I teach 2nd by the way.