Child and I teach the 13-year-olds at church. Last year, our class was 5 girls. They were nice girls, but had apparently slept through a few too many lessons. Getting them to stop chattering with each other and pay attention was like pulling teeth. They didn't know whether Genesis was in the Old or New Testament, and Child and I didn't even bother asking them to recite a scripture from memory.
At the New Year, we got a new class. We now have three kids, although only two showed up for the first Sunday. Both go to private/charter schools, they were highly intelligent, quiet, respectful, answered questions, and volunteered to read. Due to a mix-up in lesson manuals, we taught the lesson that they heard at the beginning of January last year--and they actually remembered it. One of them still had the handouts from the lesson in his scripture bag! Our last class could barely remember if they had even come to church the previous week!
It'll be a change, that's for sure. I'm looking forward to it.