I have heard this time and time again. We need to change our view. The students are not choosing to be unengaged and disrespectful, but need to be taught to be MOTIVATED, ENGAGED AND RESPECTFUL!
In case you weren’t informed of this during student teaching or your first few years of teaching, you certainly have the whole child to educate. Your students will come to you needing love, support, social-emotional guidance, protection, advice, and countless other things. It is your job to create an environment in which your students feel safe to drop their guard and learn… but also approach you with their needs!