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|Fri, 04-18-2003 - 10:57pm|
What do you do with a kid who has completely shut down? Out of the 120 kids I have there are maybe five that have done absolutely nothing this year (they are already repeating the year). For whatever reason, they have chosen to just shut down. They resolved to believe they will not officially pass this year, so why try? That select few who has failed before KNOWS that despite if they pass or not, they will get promoted onto the next year. I can't tell you how many kids in previous years I failed and were moved on without my consent. They know the system. They know that they are only allowed so many years in the grade and then social promotion steps in, which in some cases I can UNDERSTAND to some extent - who wants their kid in seventh grade sitting next to a sixteen year old? I understand, but there has to be an alternative. Anyway, what to do with the kids who have chosen just to give up the year. They sleep or do nothing or just determined to make life for themselves, me and others miserable with attention getting tactics. Any wise advice would be welcome!