I've been doing remedial reading with 3 grades of students. I see each small group 2-3 times a week. I've been working with them only for a few months. A handful (less than 4) of my students are in danger of being held back if they don't pass summer school. One is definitely being left back. I don't give grades since it was a remedial program, and this was based on all of their other classes. I'm very surprised. In my class, a few of these kids are my strongest. I guess that's strong evidence as to how well kids respond in small groups. As a new teacher, how do I not take this so personally? I feel like this is MY fault and that I didn't do a good enough job helping these kids. My heart breaks for them.