I’m an Academic Liaison at a Renton Middle School and I began working with this particular student during his 6th grade year. He had a difficult transition into middle school. He struggled with self-confidence, managing multiple classes and keeping himself organized. His biggest obstacle was his lack of self-confidence. Once he got an assignment, he didn’t think that he would be able to do it and so he would give up before he started, saying “it’s too hard!”

When I worked with him, I helped him build a problem solving process that he could use to talk himself through completing his assignments. Most important, I frequently reminded him that he always came to understand his work once he started delving into the topics. Slowly, he began to remind himself without my help and work through assignments on his own. He realized that he had the ability and that increased his confidence.

He is now graduating 8th grade and moving into high school. I am so proud of the progress he has made. He is able to organize and manage his class load on his own. His confidence, writing skills, and grades have improved substantially. I am confident he will continue to be successful throughout high school and into his college and career years.

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