He said yes.
I said, "Teachers have to go to college. Do you really want to be a teacher?"
He said YES.
I said, "I wish I didn't have to tell you this, but teachers have to go to college after they get through college. Do you REALLY want to be a teacher?"
He said, Yes! YES! YES!
Now we could build a plan. He passed every class that school year, and he graduated with his class en route to becoming a teacher.
There is an old saying by that great author Anonymous: "First you reach 'em. Then you teach 'em." You need buy-in to get cooperation. When students take responsibility, it is wonderfully mind boggling to watch them succeed. When you don't, you fight them each step of the way.
Remember you're on their team.
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