Any help on with this would be VERY VERY helpful! I have a 3rd grade student that is new to my school. He is having a difficult transition. When we go to do an assignment he will tell me "I do not understand" or "I can't do this"! I will stand by his desk and go over the directions in as many ways as I can think of and go over more examples. Then I will try to have him do one on his own. He will still claim that he does not understand. For example today we were learning how to measure distance between two cities using the map scale on a given map. He could complete the steps with me there at his desk but could not complete any by himself. Another example, I gave homework passes to students with clean desks. I explained that they could use the pass for one night of spelling homework, or one night of reading comprehension homework, or one night of vocabulary homework. They needed to put their name on the pass and could use it when they chose but if they lost it they would not get another. This student started crying because he did not understand whhat to do with the homework pass. This happens everyday, I cannot be at his desk every minuite everyday. I have tried giving him a buddy but this has not helped. Thanks for any suggestions.