Excuse the sensationalist title, but I have the most unresponsive Year 13 English class and I'm finding them impossible to work with. They don't contribute to discussion; questions are met with stony silence and it feels like I'm lecturing them. I've taken them over from another teacher who left, and she reported the same phenomenon. There may as well be tumbleweeds rolling past! It's so awkward and I'm racing through content. Can anyone suggest any strategies to break the ice, short of trying to get them all stuck in a lift together for a day?! I am genuinely worried about the effect of the lack of discussion on their learning. Thanks!