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Re: Challenging Advanced Student

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Thu, 17 Sep 1998 07:59:15 EDT

When a kid goes from an A to F in three weeks, w need to see what is wrong
here with this kid. Yes, cooperation and effort are a must, but obviously
this A student has had some issue wipe out his motivation.

It is worth looking into and working out with him. Keep in mind that kids are
slow to trust others....You will need to earn his trust first. Could be a lot
of things in his life right now.... parent issues, loss of a girlfriend, a
buddy, even a car, or low self-esteem , and maaaaaybe he's experimenting with
drugs. Observe his behaviors.

Is he repressing anger over something? Anger at himself? Does he have an
"aught" with you due to a misconception? Is it acting-out behavior because he
is"mad" at the school, his life in general. Has he had a recent
disappointment? I know that some kids make it a career to be a "pain".
I'm not talking about them. This kid was an A student, so something is out of
whack here. See if you need to cut some slack and help the class understand
that you have a definite reason to do it, without breaking privacy.

Let's not put our rules and subject first. We teach Kids, remember? I am also
an RN and they drummed into my head in training, that we have a "patient in
the bed" not machines and human anatomy. Also, in the classroom we have a
warm, breathing human being that may be needing encouragement.