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108. Carol's High School Teacher
Carol is a high school junior at Roosevelt
School. She is having a tough time getting
grades in her classes. She understands the material,
she often does not turn in her homework.
does not feel motivated or inspired to do
There is one class she is doing
in. That class is United States History. Carol
turns in her homework for U.S. History class.
reason she is doing well in that class
because she respects the teacher Mr. Aragon. Carol
that Mr. Aragon treats her more like a
than a student. She feels the other teachers
down on her.
Carol’s mother Maria tells Mr.
that Carol is struggling in her other classes
a parent-teacher conference. Maria hopes that Mr. Aragon
help inspire Carol to do better in her
classes. Mr. Aragon is surprised to learn that
is not doing well in other classes. “She
such a smart young woman,” he tells Maria.
. Aragon tells Maria that he will speak to
daughter. Maria is grateful and hopes Mr. Aragon’s
Carol feels embarrassed when Mr. Aragon
to her about the trouble she is having
other classes. However, she understands that he is
trying to help. Mr. Aragon and Carol discuss
she can do to motivate herself to hand
homework for other classes. They create a list
strategies to help motivate her to complete her
on time. One idea is to create a
of assignments. Another idea is to have a
encourage Carol to complete and hand in assignments.
is called the buddy system. Carol decides to
one technique at a time to see which
works best for her.