...Any way to help them get used to being more independent WITHOUT them failing? I teach in a rural county. Many elementary schools are small and kids go to some of them right up through 8th grade. Our large county-wide HS comes as quite a shock by contrast! I try to offer every possible way for students to access me if and when they need me. We have gone over and over the fact that they can schedule time with me before and after school. They can email anytime, and we also use the Remind app, which allows them to message like a text. I had a student recently fail S1 and a parent I've been in correspondence with telling me, well they are basically a one-on-one type of kid. I tried to tell her the things I just said here (ways to access, appointments, etc) and that the class the student is in has 35 people in it. There is no way I can sit and hold anyone's hand during that class! It would be unfair to the others. I don't get the feeling she is blaming me for the failure, but it does bring out a problem I am noticing. What to do when kids will not take advantage of the opportunities you give and also have been spoon-fed everything learning-wise? All advice appreciated! PS - we also have homeroom and a study hall time when they can, and are encouraged, to come get help!