Just curious... What do you (secondary teachers) do with a kid that just sits there unprepared. I'll tell you what I do... I give him morning detentions, call home, write him up, etc. Even though he's not making noise and not being disruptive, he's NOT DOING ANYTHING! I have a student that just sits there in every one of his classes. He'll take out his notebook but he won't write much in it. I've talked to mom 3 times (she's full of excuses), and he sees me for detention twice a week or so. When my 7th graders don't do homework, they must serve a detention for me. He racks them up. Once again, I call mom. She makes up more excuses. The latest one: He has a crush on me. I wrote him up for the 8th time today. He has no other write ups because his other teachers just let him sit there and fail. My asst. principal hates talking to the mom because he's tired of hearing excuses. I don't think this kid belongs in alternative school. I've contacted Special Ed. His mom wants him out of my class because the kid in now scared of me. Well, he's obviously not scared enough... I've seen an improvement definitely, but he needs to improve more. I know he can do it. Mom doesn't seem to think he will fail 7th grade, but it looks like he will if he doesn't improve. So, I'm a little ticked at these other teachers that just let him sit there. I feel like I'm letting a student down if I let them just fail. I do everything I can to make them do their work. Every single kid has turned around.... but he hasn't come full circle. The rest of my students in that class dislike him so much because we have to stop class to deal with him. So, what do y'all think? What measures do you take... or do you let him just sit there?