Motivating students when things get difficult
I am struggling with my 5th grade classes. The curriculum I have to cover with them is boring and/or difficult for them. I have tons of activities to try to give them some variety, but it seems like I always end up spending more time getting them to behave than anything else. I doesn't help that I have a coworker who sits in my room with me, it is their classroom, and they constantly complain about how they never have enough time to teach everything but will not give me any flexibility to move some of their content into my classroom to help motivate and challenge students. I feel like I can't even take a day or time to get to know my students one on one, because it is viewed as a waste of time. I only see my students one day a week so it is hard to build a relationship in the first place, so I am thinking if I spent more time on that it might alleviate behavior issues and negativity. Does any one else have suggestions? I like my students, but to manage them it gets awful by the end of the year.