Alex made my day today. He passed the Global History and Geography Regents Exam!! Let me tell you a little bit about Alex. When I first met him, he came to tutoring two hours late. The next day an 11/2 late. He was on time on the third day, but by the next week it was back to being Alex. He did not show up for tutoring nor did he call. He would do assignments if he felt like it. There was always an excuse for something, but he would never take responsibility for his actions.
When I finally sat down with he and his mother and told them that at the rate Alex was going, he was not going to pass his Regents exams. He may have to repeat the grade or go to summer school. Alex became so angry and adamant. He kept saying repeatedly, that he was not going to repeat grade 10. So I looked at him and asked, "So what are you going to do about it?" "Because saying that you are not going to repeat and then you neither study nor do the assignments, is not saying much. I think that is when it finally hit him. He has the power to do well in school! Based on his behavior and performance, he may actually pass his class!
His punishment was to meet me at the library on a Saturday for six hours just learning how to write. I had him write short essays, and a three page essay. He had never had to do that before. I recommended some books for Alex to read. Well, some he watched the movie instead of reading them, but at least he mad the effort.
Both his mother and I noticed differences in his attitude and his manner towards learning and doing his assignments. His mother did not want to get her hopes up, but I felt good about him. He studied and practiced for the Global History, and now today his mother put on the phone, so Alex could tell me himself. ALEX HAS PASSED THE GLOBAL HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY EXAM! We (Alex, his mother and I), are very excited. Tomorrow we will tackle Geometry. His exam is next week Wednesday. I believe that he can pass this too. :)