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Posted on February 21, 2015 7:15 pm
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uLuqup
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Student Gives Up
I am in a secondary classroom right now for my internship. One of my students was absent for about three weeks at the beginning of the semester because of disciplinary reasons. He genuinely cares about his grades and checks his Focus account at least 3 times a day. However, because he was out of classes for so long, he believes that there is no way for him to catch up--he has virtually given up on this grading period. Because of this, whenever he comes to class he is always on his phone, never stops talking, and causes others to get off task. As an intern, I am at a loss at what I can do to get him to realize that it is never too late. My CT, likewise, cannot get him to pick up a pencil. Any suggestions?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 21, 2015 11:37 pm

ajybus
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I would provide this student with a folder containing all assignments he or she has missed and create a list for the student to use to cross off completed missed assignments. The list will help the student see all the assignments he or she has missed giving the student a clear visual of what needs to be completed. I would give this folder to the student and inform the student that the work inside the folder needs to be completed and that they can complete this work during free time, lunch, after school or at home. The student will be offered help and instruction whenever needed to complete each assignment to ensure the student understands the concept affiliated with the assignment. Due to the fact the student is unmotivated constant verbal encouragement will be provided. In addition, the student will receive a small positive reinforcements when assignment are completed for example a sticker, etc.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:51 pm

Danielle Brock
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awesome suggestion
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 11:15 pm

Jenna Herberson
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This is a great suggestion.
  Posted on: February 25, 2018 8:04 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 21, 2015 9:23 pm

Hebehu
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I would try to encourage the student with a time I struggled or someone else and how they overcame the difficult situation. Also it should be made sure he has the assignments he missed. You could offer to help to understand the material he missed by tutoring him after school. I would also explain to him that if he doesn’t start to try then it is only going to get worse. Also tell him the pass is the pass, you can only change your future.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:51 pm

Candice Greene
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I think this is a good suggestion, I would also make a schedule for him with a missed assignment each day that way he can see how it is possible to catch up.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:00 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2015 2:07 am

aHemaV
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I feel that if you created a compilation of all of the assignments that the student is able to do to better their grade would help them immensely. Not only will it help them see what they need to do to improve, but they will also see how this will definitely pile up over time. Be supportive of the student and potentially set times where you can work with them to help explain some of the work they missed, as the folder may get them started, but if they missed a few weeks they may have missed out on a few crucial lessons as well.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:52 pm

Candice Greene
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This suggestion is helpful, I think helping the student throughout the school day or after school will make a difference.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:01 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 24, 2015 2:44 am

araseS
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As some of the solutions below mentioned, I think it would be great to show him a time someone else struggled with something. Maybe try to find someone or something he has interest in. If you can relate this to a sports star who didn't make their high school team or something of interest, this may be beneficial.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 8:52 pm

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Solution 5
Posted February 27, 2015 5:27 pm

eQyvyT
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As others have mentioned, it would be a great idea to put together a list of missed assignments but this may appear very intimidating to the student. It would also be helpful to create a type of makeup schedule for the student in order to help his see the problem as more manageable.
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Solution 6
Posted February 27, 2015 5:27 pm

eQyvyT
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As others have mentioned, it would be a great idea to put together a list of missed assignments but this may appear very intimidating to the student. It would also be helpful to create a type of makeup schedule for the student in order to help his see the problem as more manageable.
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