Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Turning it Around?


English. Continuation high school. They were still working on The Crucible. Or, at least they were supposed to.

There were only three students who had finished the assignment already. I had their names. Two of the names didn't surprise me. The third? My jaw just about hit the floor.

Marcus and I are well-acquainted. I met him for the first time in opportunity. He's... Well. How do I say this? I wonder why he still attends school as he doesn't appear to do anything. And, well, he's probably pretty well up in a gang...

Don't get me wrong. I don't worry about my safety or anything. But he has spent an entire period talking about how his gang and a rival gang got into it over... Oh, I don't now remember the catalyst.

So, I was shocked that he was one of three who was up to date on his work.

When he got to class, he talked. And talked and talked. Turns out, he's now regretting not having gotten more work done before this. He's decided he wants to graduate. But, the teachers are being less than helpful (his words).

(Did he work on the extra credit that Ms. M. had left for them? Of course not...)

This was promising talk. He can still graduate. He's just now a senior. He has a year. If he applies himself and works, he can totally get it done.

The next day I had him in class again. Did he do any work? Of course not...

(At least he's started. Sort of. Change takes time. I hope he keeps at it.)

22 comments:

  1. Just keep encouraging him. Hope he decides to apply what he's just now figured out.

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  2. It sounds like me and dieting. I want to do it, but the effort just seems to outweigh the intangible immediate benefit.

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  3. I'm amazed that he is still trying. I guess we should never give up hope, huh?

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    1. There are some of them that when they start at the CHS, I think they're going to drop out. And then they surprise me and go and get serious. It happens more frequently than you'd expect.

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  4. Good for him. He's getting there at least. There are bound to be some bumps in the road along the way.

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    1. Yeah. I've told him something similar.

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  6. It only take one teacher to get through a thick skull. You never know...

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    1. The question is, which teacher? (Definitely not me.)

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  7. Well for him I hope he gets back to it and has more of those good days.

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  8. I wish him all the best..Coffee is on

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  9. Let's hope he finds a second wind of initiative and the desire to graduate. I always think a diploma is better than a GED, though getting a GED is better than dropping out.

    betty

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  10. Let's hope he embraces that wind of change. I wonder what his family background is like?

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    1. Considering, I expect it's challenging. I'd be surprised if he has invested parents.

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  11. Up to date on his work until he saw you I guess. He better figure it out or he's going to have a hard time in life.

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  12. Hopefully he learns his lesson before it's to late. Greetings.

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  13. You could be that teacher who makes a difference. And if not now, it might still finally penetrate his head when he is more mature. We'll hope for that. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Nah. Subs are a blip on the consciousness. I like it that way.

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