Over the course of the last two terms at school, I have been in some relatively serious self-doubt about my teaching ability, and my "fit" with the school. Among other things, it has me looking for work somewhere else, and not necessarily teaching.
I have a student who has issues that are affecting his attendance. He can do the work, he's just not in class enough to really show it, which makes it difficult for me to coach and evaluate him. He appeared in class last week, and afterwards, I offered to stay after and help him get caught up. He seemed happy for the offer, and we left it at that.
Yesterday, he was in class for the full time. I stayed after with him to help him get his projects up to date. Happily, he was able to get two of the three he needed to do done. The third is pretty simple, but his computer needed to do updates before he could complete it, so we called it a day after about an hour and a half. We agreed that he would run updates next time during the lecture/demo part of the class, so he could finish the last missing lab.
He appeared happy to be caught up, and I felt like I had actually accomplished something positive.