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Re: grades


Date: Mon May 26 2003 - 09:51:30 PDT

Only one time in my career of 24 years have i had a student who
absolutely did nothing. Nothing makes me crazier than that. Anyway,
after weeks and weeks of trying to motivate him, calling his parents,
spending inordinate amounts of time on him, we (administration and I)
made a decision that he would have art in the office. His behavior had
such a negative effect on everyone else. He was permitted to observe
demonstrations, but then he went to the office to work. It didn't
change much, he still pretty much just sat there, but at least he was
not keeping anyone else from working. He was in 6th grade. He just
didn't want to work, simple as that. I can't perceive how a class that
everyone else thought of as fun could be so flat to him. He was an eye
roller, and one who just wanted to walk around and talk to his friends.
No matter what I did to try to cajole him into working on his art, he
would just sit. He'd pretend to work for a few minutes, but no thought
ever went onto his page. Not even serious doodling. So sad. It broke
my heart. I didn't want to punish him with a research assignment. I
didn't want him to hate writing as well as art. Sometimes, I would put
art books on the table in the office for him to read. Bottom line was
truly that he really didn't want to do ANYTHING. ugh. That was about
10 years ago, but it still makes me sad when I think about it. I wonder
what ever happened to him.