I have a student who is not making any progress. In fact, he seems to be DECLINING. He started off knowing 15/54 letters, then 14/54, now 13/54. He can count, but he only recognizeds numbers 1-4. He can write his name, but he can't write his numbers without copying a chart. He doesn't have any concept of print. Of course, he doesn't do his homework. He also NEVER pays attention. I originally thought he was bored/hyperactive or possibly special needs, but now I think he's trying anything to be lazy. I am insulted now by his behavior. Sometimes he sits crouched on the floor sticking his behind in the air FACING ME while I'm teaching. He sings random songs when we are working on something else. If we are doing math, he's singing the alphabet. If I am reading a story, he's singing, "1, 2 buckle my shoe." Each day, I go throught the cycle of my behavior chart. He ends up at the lowest level every day, which stands for a call home/sent to the office. I usually call his house, but I finally sent him to the office last week. The principal talked with his mom, and she took him home. I told him mom last week that I will not be able to recommend him for first grade if he doesn't shape up. I found out that he goes to a different babysitters each day. He doesn't have consistency nor does he have support. How can I help him if there are 2 components missing: parent support, and student dedication? We actually have a form that parents and student sign at the beginning of the year that state what I have to do as a teacher, and what they must do as parents and students to succeed. I obviously can't do it alone. I just don't know where to go with him. How bad is it that I ignored his behavior today? If I do an SST for him, will it really be for him to improve, or will it be fruitless (and more of a, "at least I did everything I could" sort of thing)?? Has anyone else experienced a student like this? Has anyone ever felt like giving up hope for a child when he's only 5? I feel like a terrible teacher/person for wondering this!