They were just one of those classes. Low motivation. Low academic ability. Low self-confidence. They dragged themselves to class, plopped down in their desks, and meandered through the various activities like they were dragging behind them a ball and chain of low expectations.
I’d always been able to arouse such sleepwalkers in the past, but this class refused to wake. After a couple months, my frustration began to bubble within. I tried a variety of new approaches to shake things up, but no matter the accommodation or innovative lesson, they just would not budge. I was at a total loss.