I have a slightly disaffected but on the whole rather manageable year 9 German class of 19 boys who have recently shown somewhat improved behaviour. Therefore, as a treat, I thought I'd organise for them to bake bisquits next Thursday afternoon (MFL lesson, follow a German recipe, learn about the culture of another country by baking their typical dish etc). This is not the kind of thing that I've ever done before but I thought I'd try it and it would be interesting and different. I suppose I'm trying to prove to them that I'm not a boring teacher and my lessons are worth behaving for. When I talked to the class about it today, asking them to bring £1 next lesson for the ingredients, three individuals put their hands up straightaway, saying they didn't want to do this activity. I think I said something like 'those people who don't bring the pound or don't behave will be doing worksheets instead' - I can't exactly remember, but in any case they responded by saying that they'd prefer to do the worksheets. So, what do I do now? I feel like cancelling the whole thing because if I've organised something that involves loads of effort for me as a treat, and actually it isn't, why bother? But then, that means showing weakness because I'm pandering to what a minority of disaffected individuals a're requesting. Plus, do I really want to supervise people doing worksheets while trying to do a cookery lesson? So, do I force everyone to do the cooking (that then leaves the problem of what I do with the people who won't have brought in the money), do I cancel the whole thing, or do I do baking with some of them while the rest are doing worksheets? I see them once more before Thursday (on Monday) and then I'll have to tell them what's happening.