First of all, I would tell my friend Emily that her student Drew clearly has lack of competence, self-worth and self-handicapping. For example, Drew is comfortable with not putting forth any more effort to improve his grade in biology which is a clear sign of lack of self-worth. Next, Drew seems to want to maintain his poor grade in biology and is not alarmed by the “D” he received on the last test. In addition, Drew is even trying to give his opinion to another student on why studying is not important and either you understand biology or you do not. Drew is not putting forth any effort to succeed so he is mainly handicapping himself.
Furthermore, I would advise Emily to find out what interest Drew has and try to connect them to Biology. Also, I would ask Drew is there any part of Biology that interests him. I would even ask Emily had she tried to begin grading on a curve scale, and bringing in hands on activities to life for Drew’s attention to be grasped throughout the biology class in order for Drew to retain some of the lesson. Even give Drew an opportunity to focus on
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