Hi, I am a trainee teachercoming up to the end of my first placement and things have been going fairly well generally. My behaviour management is improving and my lesson planning is okay for my year 7, 8, 12 and higher ability classes but I am really struggling with my lower ability year 9 and 10 classes. I had an awful lesson on Friday and the teacher told me (kindly) that it was because they were bored. I know she is right and I think the problem is I find those classes intimidating because their behaviour hasn't been great and they constantly look bored (with all teachers) so I'm falling back on what I'm comfortable with which is my lecturing background (talk at them then test). Totally wrong I know but I'm struggling to come up with activities I believe will engage them and I can manage with a 'lively' class. I haven't taught many lessons with these classes yet either. It's okay if I have a demo or practical to build the lesson around but I find theory lessons tough. What types of activities do you find work well with those classes? I'm going to try to observe these classes as much as possible but any ideas would be great. The things I have tried and have a good/okay reaction are: Videos Making flip books Wordsearches or unscramble words as starters (not my favourite but they needed practice with key terms) Making fact files from info sheets around the class was okay. Completing tables of similarities and differences between processes. Any games like bingo or catchphrase as a plenary Things that haven't gone well: Making posters (they said it was repeating stuff we had done) Cut and stick activities - they pulled the glue sticks to bits and threw it at each other. I hate these classes and feel like a rubbish, boring teacher with them so I need to turn this around. Every lesson feels like a battle i am losing. It's making me feel like giving up on teaching but I know that really I'm just tired and I don't know what to try next. I enjoy my other classes most of the time. This teaching lark is a bit of an emotional roller coaster! I have posted this in the trainee section too - I hope its okay to post in both forums!