don't understand. Retired engineer and new teacher. Of course as the new teacher i get the classes and student's that the others didn't want. I get that and am ok with that as that is how the world works. I thought that I could teach math as a good part of my previous career was spent not only involved in mathematics but training others to run, maintain and operate industrial machinery. I was good at that. In my new position I am schocked with the (lack of) math comprehension in my children. two questions - how do you experienced teachers decide it it's you or them? Are some people simply incapable of grasping math? Is there research that supports this. BTW, I am about 1/4 of the suggested pacing of my textbookso I know it' not moving too quickly. I have tried to "reach the kids where they are". I pray for patience and humility daily but I truly am dumbfounded with these children. Any thoughts? ideas? suggestions?