I teach 8th grade language arts, and I have one student that is chronically lazy and does nothing. And when I say nothing, I mean literally nothing. Not even a word written on an assignment. And you're probably thinking, "Oh, find out what motivates him and make it a reward for doing his work!" the problem is, he's lazy in life as well. Nothing excites him, nothing motivates him. He just goes through life...existing. Today was especially bad, I decided to sit with him and walk him through the work question by question. Sometimes I am able to do this, other times, I really don't have the time or patience. It doesn't help much anyways, he just sits there and says "why do I have to do this?" "this is pointless". And when I try to pull the answers out of him (asking questions like, "so what do you think the setting is?") he'll just say "stuff" or shrug his shoulders. I tried to talk to him after class, and all he told me was that his life is screwed up. I tried to discuss that further but he just walked away and ignored me. I called mom and she is no help. She doesn't seem concerned at all, no shame for his behavior...no apologies. She didn't even sound worried. I'm meeting with the school counselor tomorrow, and my mentor teacher was his teacher last year, so I'm talking to her tomorrow as well. My mentor teacher said she tried many interventions and strategies with him last year and nothing helped. Sorry this is so long, but I'm really at a loss. What do I do with this kid for the rest of the year? Push him or just let him make his decision not to participate?