My sonís a high school freshman, but heís still letting his feelings about his teachers affect his work. Heís got one teacher heíll do anything for, even artwork, which heís never liked. But thereís another that he doesní t like, and when heís doing an assignment for her he always says he has no ideas, he doesní t remember what heís learned, etc. etc. How can I convince him to do his best no matter who itís for?
Explain that in life we don’t always like someone who gives us a task, but we do it for ourselves. If you do poorly in a subject because you don’t like the teacher it’s “I’ll get you! I’ll spite me!”
Try to find one thing he likes about the teacher or the subject, and ask him to
reward himself with his favorite food or music, etc., for stretching to accomplish
something that takes courage and risk. It might help him in life someday with a boss he may not like.
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