I'm reaching the end of my rope with my Integrated Algebra 1 class.
Aside from one or two boys (depending on the day) their behavior isn't that bad. If you walked in my room you'd mostly see what looks like good things going on. Either we're reviewing old material or learning new stuff. Kids are quiet. (Except for that one kid... but you know.)
They're not listening. They look like they're listening. They act like it. When I ask a question people raise their hand to answer. But nothing's going in.
Today we had shortened classes because of a 2-hour late arrival (for inservice). On Monday we'd started some exponent rules (short cuts, I called them) and I wanted one more day today to review them again. Kids were saying this would be the easiest quiz. Awesome! I thought.
Before I passed out the assignment, I asked everyone to look at me. I told them that instead of doing the whole worksheet that I was giving them, I wanted to them to do one side only. I showed them which side and even told them what it said at the top (while walking around so everyone could see). I told them that if they didn't hear my instructions I was going to make them do the whole assignment.
I passed out the papers.
As I was doing that, at least five kids asked me if we were doing the whole thing. Really?!
I told them yes.
Right now 7 out of 17 kids are passing. And it has me wondering what I'm doing wrong.