Macario was a talker and loved to be funny and get people to laugh, which wasn’t always welcome when it disrupted a lesson.
However, I must admit, even when Macario interrupted a lesson with one of his off-the-wall jokes or comments, I often laughed too. It was impossible not to like him.
Then, as he often did after he cracked the entire class up, he would apologize.
Janice, on the other hand, was an “A” student that enjoyed reading books and was as determined as I was to motivate Macario to do the school work and study.
I conspired with Janice to find ways to trick him into doing his homework, which even for the young girl that loved him was a challenge. He was more into having fun than being serious about anything.
Some might wonder why I didn’t contact his parents. In fact, I had called them several times over the months and even had a face-to-face parent conference, but his study habits did not change. I tried referrals to the counselor, and assigned after school detentions and even a Saturday school. Nothing worked
That is when I made the decision to see if Janice could help.
Between us, Janice and I managed to squeeze a “D” out of Macario in English his first semester in high school. Without her efforts, he would have failed.
To make a long story shorter but not too short, I kept Macario after class that day and asked him what was wrong. He swore nothing was wrong but I could tell by the look in his eyes that he was disturbed and had lied to me because he glanced away to stare at the floor when he answered the question.
This was unusual since Macario had never lied to me. When confronted for something I saw him do in class, he always admitted guilt and said he was sorry (once again).
However, when Janice came into fifth period after lunch, I asked her what was going on and she told me everything she knew.
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