Thursday, May 03, 2007

Anyone who wonders why teachers burn out should have been in my classroom today. We have been working on linear equations for about a week. Just when I think they have it, it is like suddenly every 7th grader's mind turned to mush. The simplest things were the most complicated today. They could not mulitply even numbers like 3 x 0, could not plot points on a graph, add -2 + -2.... much less find the slope or the y-intercept. I was so frustrated and overwhelmed with their inability to FUNCTION I was shocked, mad, sad, confused, all at the same time.

How can something as simple as multiplication or addition, which I KNOW they know how to do, suddenly become foreign to them?


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