Hi there. Sorry to make my first post a bit glum, but i have struggled with 2 groups since year 8, now they are in year 9 and much worse. Getting them to listen to the teacher is quite often impossible. I have tried and am trying a range of different ideas from songs and ICT to use of video and trying to bend the topics we have to teach to fit their range of experiences. Unfortunately I quite often have a number of them on detention or temporarily removed for the fact that they will often simply not be quiet and not allow the teaching to occur. The most success I have had so far has involved video clips of UK tv series from which I have developed language teaching, in this case German, which is in the scheme of work and which I am expected to teach according to the textbook more or less. Writing this is actually making me feel a bit better about what I have achieved with them, but does anyone else have similar experience of "impossible' groups?