Jose Vilson is an inner-city math teacher who is passionate to see his students succeed. In one of his brief blog posts, he expresses his frustration with the few students who are consistently unwilling to come to class. He does his best to bring them back in, though sometimes, he wonders if he should let them be for the sake of the rest of his class.
Keep going, friend! Those students may not be inspired to come to class, but they will appreciate how you never stopped caring for them. We cannot treat passive students as “tourist students” who want to be under the radar, who don’t want to be involved or participate, and don’t want to be bothered. Perhaps your resistant students cannot be persuaded to find math enjoyable, but perhaps you can help rekindle a passion and life back into their step through other means.