I got a new student midway into the second quarter. He is an "at risk" student. He has been in a lot of trouble but I don't really know the details. I must admit when he walked in my door with his pants hanging low and tattoos all over his arms I was a bit uneasy.
I soon discovered that he was very polite and attentive in class. The first time I emailed him back a digital assignment with comments for improvement, he emailed me right back asking if he could improve it. Yes!
Then the day before his first quiz he stopped by to ask me questions concerning the quiz concepts. He really wanted to do well! When he missed a question, he wanted to know why he missed it and how he could be better.
The last few days, this student has been missing from my class. Today I asked one of his friends if he was absent again. His friend replied, "Yes, and he's not coming back...he went to Mexico."
My heart sunk. "Why did he go back to Mexico? He was doing so well."
"I know but he made a bad decision and he's in trouble now." His friend said.
I went to talk to the principal about this. She said that the rumor is that he went back to Mexico. The problem is that this breaks his probation.
I am saddened by this. My heart is heavy. He was doing so well in my class and other classes too. I know that he could have been successful! What can educators do to help "at-risk" students see their potential?