TeacherServer.com
Home | How It Works | Stats
Login | Register
     
 
Topic Go Back
 
     
     
 
Case
Posted on February 18, 2015 5:17 am
Add to Favorites Add to Favorites

uheZeg
uheZeg
Reps: 100
7th grade, again
I have a student in my internship class who is in 7th grade for the 3rd time. His parents are divorced, he lives with dad. He has no interest in doing the work and has no issues telling the teachers that he is not going to do the assignment. He is not really a behavior problem. Dad is aware that he is on track to fail, again. His response was to the tune of, I guess he will be in 7th grade again. This boy will be 16 in a grade with 12 year old classmates.
 
     
     
 
Reply Submit a Possible Solution
Please read response(s) below (if any) before posting your solution.
 
     
     
 
Solution 1
Posted February 21, 2015 11:29 pm

eqeTys
eqeTys
Reps: 103
Does the student respond to differentiated instruction? If he is bored and has been doing the same assignments for several years, it would be a little unnerving to have to repeat again--which could discourage him from having to repeat again, but you never know. Regardless, I would try to differentiate instruction to the best of your ability. Alternatively, getting a school counselor involved may be beneficial to figure out why he has so little desire to move on from seventh grade. Does it have to do with the divorce of his parents and not wanting anymore change, etc.?
Votes: +9 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Candice Greene
Candice Greene
Reps: 201
This is a good suggestion.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:26 pm

Jenna Herberson
Jenna Herberson
Reps: 200
This is something to ponder.
  Posted on: February 25, 2018 7:58 am

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 2
Posted February 20, 2015 7:34 pm

aBudyP
aBudyP
Reps: 97
This is a tough one. Perhaps building on the skills and concepts that the student has grasped, and seeing if he would want to teach a group of students or one on one. Trying to make him and let him see himself as a leader and someone the other students can look up to.
Votes: +5 / -1 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Candice Greene
Candice Greene
Reps: 201
This is a good idea, to get the student motivated.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:26 pm

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 10:51 pm

uGyLuD
uGyLuD
Reps: 100
Honestly, at this point I would talk to this student about either virtual school and grade recovery. I would ask this student what he wants. At this point it is all his decision. There is only so much we as teachers can do for our students. We can encourage and cheer, but in the end its all the students responsibility.
Votes: +2 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 4
Posted February 22, 2015 11:34 pm

Luvyba
Luvyba
Reps: 104
It sounds like there is not much support from the father and he does not care if his son does well, so why should the son care if he does? i would try to encourage the student and provide that support that is obviously lacking in their life. Perhaps providing a reward system for completed work could be helpful. Maybe, at first, just grading the work on completeness instead of accuracy and then moving into that when the student is consistently turning in assignments.
Votes: +1 / -0 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Danielle Brock
Danielle Brock
Reps: 100


I enjoyed reading this idea.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:59 pm

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 5
Posted February 23, 2015 3:30 am

Angela Avery
Angela Avery
Reps: 202
I think getting dad, student, teacher and a counselor together to discuss what actions need to take place is the next step. See if the students isn't doing the work because he's depressed from the divorce or whichever reason and what he would be willing to do.
Votes: +1 / -1 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

yDegyv
yDegyv
Reps: 101
I agree there needs to be a family conference that not just involves the teacher, student and parent. The administration should be involved at this point too.
  Posted on: February 28, 2015 6:01 pm

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 6
Posted February 19, 2015 1:21 pm

Javuna
Javuna
Reps: 100
You can only do so much! If a student does not care about being 16 in the 7th grade then you cant stress yourself about it. Just try to teach him to the best of your ability. He may not be doing the assignments because he doesn't know how and does not want to look stupid attempting. So maybe try to differentiate instruction a little for him and find activities that peak his interest.
Votes: +1 / -2 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

eQyVuj
eQyVuj
Reps: 200
That is a very sad situation. I would try to have him sit down with another teacher or administrator.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 1:17 am

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Solution 7
Posted July 8, 2016 3:38 am

eHebah
eHebah
Reps: 208
This is very sad, truthfully a failure of our system.
As a teacher get as many people involved as possible, counseling, specialists, proior teachers.
His self esteem must be low .
He needs a lot from you and others
Votes: +0 / -1 Vote Up This Solution Is Useful   Vote Down This Solution Is Not Useful  

Comments posted for this solution

Reply Add a Comment
 
     
     
 
Reply Submit a Possible Solution
Please read response(s) below (if any) before posting your solution.