We've got some good answers for this one already, so I'll go ahead and say yes, this was pretty much straight from RL.
Like I said earlier, I was a bit tied up in the 'turning in homework' aspect of the folder, since that was his main problem in the past. I was kind of seeing it that way and wasn't sure how far to push.
It turns out that he saw it the same way as most of you did. Not only was he upset with himself for not passing the test, but he was upset with himself for not being honest with me, and not filling out the folder correctly (and as of today, we have altered the folder sheets to have a space for reading assignments to be listed and checked).
There is a way that Blake and I are a lot alike --- probably because his mother and my mother are a lot alike in at least one way. Blake and I will both feel really bad about something, when we know we've screwed up, but if you push us too much, we start getting defensive. Instead of chewing Blake out, I led him through all the steps. I pointed out that he let himself down more than anyone else. I let him make his excuses, then made him pick holes in them. I had to help him along at times, but I was always encouraging him to be honest with himself, never driving him or forcing my opinion on him.
He did not care for this one bit. At one point, he broke down crying and told me he hated me. At another, he nearly begged me to 'just whup (him)'.
We talked for probably 15 or 20 minutes. It took that long, because we had to get through him blaming everybody vaguely associated with his history class. Then it took us another five minutes or so for me to get him to suggest the consequence I'd decided was about right.
By the way, it looks like there were 11 reading assignments, and he says he read 'a couple' of them, and skimmed a couple more. If we called it nine strikes, that would be about 15 swats with the medium lexan. Noah can barely take 6, so there's no way Blake could take five. He did suggest giving them over a few days, which was kind of tempting actually, but I didn't want it hanging over his head, so finally nixed that.
I moved over to my office chair, Blake came to me and held up his muscle shirt while I removed his pants and shorts. Then he went and got the big stool, moved it to the center of the room, and I transfered over there. He climbed up on it and went over my lap, which left him with hands and feet dangling in the air. Then I gave him a very long, very thorough hand spanking, which left him crying hard and loud.
I gave him a minute to recover, then I gave him the 15 swats he had coming, but I used the small lexan, instead of the medium.
He was bawling before I finished with him.
There were actually two funny things about this (afterwards, at least). First, I don't remember if this has happened before, but after I'd let him up and held him for a while, he suddenly got VERY shy. He wasn't erect, so maybe it was just physical modesty acting up because he'd been so emotionally vunerable? (Blake is very needy about physical attention, but also pretty uncomfortable about accepting it sometimes).
The other thing is that Noah was outside my office, pacing like an expectant father. He was pissed at me, which led to Noah and Blake almost getting in a fight over whether I'd whupped him too hard.
I have heard from this teacher again. There were a lot of students besides Blake who either didn't pass or barely passed. The teacher explained that he made it VERY clear at the beginning of the semester (we're in the fifth week of this semester now) that the kids were responsible for everything he assigned, and that his job description didn't include spoon feeding them answers before the tests. He is going to give them a break though. The kids who didn't make an 'A', will be allowed to take another test, based solely on the extra reading. That grade will be worth 30 points, and it will be added to the test. Kids who did make an A will have a choice between a library pass, or taking the test on a 100% scale, and using it in place of their lowest homework grade for this six weeks (including a zero, if they chose not to turn something in).
Sounds pretty fair, and Blake assures me he's already started the reading.
I'm going to pass on Kat's advice, and suggest that he and Johnny take turns reading it to each other.