Wilbur is difficult, really difficult. The guidance counselor told Mr. AP that his mom has no control over him.
Right before the break, on Wilbur's first day in class, he was disruptive and I had to have him removed from class. He was not supposed to return until his mom showed up, which she didn't d do. I have to admit that I forgot about this when he walked in and just concentrated on trying to get him to work. Monday, while not great, was not awful either. Tuesday, I told him that I got in trouble because I let him back without seeing his mom. I told him I believed in him and I knew he could do what he was supposed to. Surprisingly, he worked for most of the period. Anyone watching him could see how restless he was and how hard it was for him to sit still. We made a deal. If he completed 8 problems he could take a stroll around the room. I helped him with a few and he did a few on his own. I told him I knew he didn't like school or math and he just smiled. I promised to try to make the class as painless as possible for him. He smiled again.
I gambled when I let him stay in class but, working with kids like Wilbur means working with a whole different set of rules. If the old ones worked for him, he wouldn't be in the shape he is in now. I don't know if my way will help him either, but it is worth a try.
Tuesday, Wilbur and I had a successful day. Today was successful as well. Even his two friends who usually do nothing worked. Who knows what tomorrow will hold. I'm not willing to make any bets on a repeat performance, but I an hope. I'll just have to wait and see.