I have a handful of students that are quite low in all subject areas. I have my reward systems in place in the classroom, but these students are so far behind that they don't even have the skill to copy well, nor the stamina to copy the length of what we are writing down. I had to keep a student an hour and a half after school today because he kept on talking and all of his work was empty. Seriously like 85% of his work today was not done. I try to pass by more frequently to make sure that he's on task, and when I saw that he wasn't doing his work, I would sit with him and make sure he understood what we were doing and make sure he had an answer to write down. When I came back a few minutes later, he didn't write anything down and when I asked him what he was supposed to write, he forgot. So I stayed with him and repeated the process and waited until he wrote it down in front of me. After that, I made sure he had the answer for the next question, made my rounds, and his paper is blank. I'm getting this from several students, and it's very hard to keep tabs on all of them when the rest of the class is more proactive about asking for help or they finish early. So after school today, I was going over his work because he either wrote in nonsense answers to look like he was finished, or he just didn't do it. Part of a math question was talking about the days of the week. He wasn't able to tell me all 7 days of the week, how many days there were in a week, and I had him repeat it with me several times, sing a song, etc. and when I asked him the question again, he didn't retain any of it. I'm very frustrated with him, which I shouldn't be, because it's not his fault that he has trouble retaining information. I have conferences with many parents and I try to keep things positive regarding their child so it doesn't seem so doom and gloom, but I'm finding it difficult when their child can't read, write, add numbers up to 10, and they aren't doing any of their work. They don't seem to care about losing recess, earning prizes, getting a special privilege, or losing a privilege either. I've done the paperwork for our student study teams, but it seems year after year, the answer is, "Let's work with them, give it some time, and see how they are doing." I have 32 students and 3 preps a week. I'm spending most of my recess, lunch, and after school dedicated to helping them catch up and searching for materials that are at a more appropriate level for them. I guess my question is, in a situation like this, how do you keep things in a positive light for yourself, the parents, and the student?