How much effort would you put into a student who doesn't bring materials, has them but won't get them out unless you ask 20 times, and loses anything you give him? I have a student, and I've replaced his lab notebook twice. He continues to "leave it at home". When I give him worksheets, he leaves them in class completely blank and without his name. He doesn't bring his binder, when he needs a writing utensil, he never asks for one and simply sits there without one (I give out golf pencils to anyone who needs it), and he's currently getting an 11%. Puts almost no effort into tests and assignments. I know that a lot of teachers feel a responsibility to keep all kids from failing, but am I incorrect in being content to let him fail? He's one of the kids who have transferred to our school from a much rougher school, and doesn't hold the same work ethic. He started off fresh and new here, and we've tried to get him off to a good start but he seems intent on doing as little as he can. At the very least he seems to enjoy my company, my class, and apart from a little stint at the very beginning of the year, which I very quickly shut down, he behaves well in class. A part of me doesn't want to see him fail, but another part of me wants him to feel the consequences of his actions. The thing is is I don't really know if failing a class is really a consequence for him. I guess I can tell him about the retention threat, but the requirements for retention are so extensive that we almost NEVER retain anyone.