You may or may not remember, but a few weeks ago I posted about the difficult time I was having with my repeater classes. Shouldbeasleep gave me a great suggestion about having students work on individual levels like a game. My kids were totally into it, even before I mentioned the possibility of prizes (so I kinda let that go and saved myself some money :lol. Anyway, progress reports went out this week, and kids who 'hate' school were THRILLED to get them. One was jumping up and down SCREAMING that he got an A in math. Their prebell one day was to tell me how they felt about their progress reports and even the tough kids who 'don't care about school anyway...' (what they said in January) wrote that they were proud, they've 'never made this good a grade before' (talking about a C or D), they 'have a sense of accomplishment', their 'mom and dad was so proud', they were proud of themselves, they 'know now that (they) can do math', etc. This week I have had kids who acted like they hated me just hug and hug and not want to let go. I truly have not made the course any easier, just let them work at their own pace and worked with them one on one. I can't wait for it to be over because it's WAY more work, but I'm so unbelievably proud of these kids! Not all of them are passing, of course, but now the majority of my students are putting forth effort, and it's paying off for them. I still have a few with 20something averages, but I can honestly say that they have had EVERY opportunity to pull it up and have chosen not to. I just had to share my great news!