He was clueless for the first few problems. But, instead of just wanting answers, he politely listened to me explaining all the choices and how to eliminate wrong answers. I realized that math was not his subject and his background was weak. I spent several minutes talking to him, finding out that he likes sports. I told him that gym was my weakest class and that gym intimidated me more than math scared him. I let him know straight out that I respected his ability to succeed in an area that was out of my reach. We continued doing problems and before I knew what was going on, he was answering them on his own. He worked steadily for two hours and when he left, he promised to return to complete the assignment.
I'm not a credit recovery fan, in fact, I don't even believe it should be done. But, by giving him credit, this boy was sitting and learning. We both felt good when he left. I just hope some of the knowledge stays with him and he passes the regents on June 16.