For a while there, I thought I was failing as a student teacher. No, my cooperating teacher had no complaints, and few (always constructive) criticisms. My students were just not getting it! In math, according to the pacing guide, we should already be working on multiplication. I spent 10 minutes the other day trying to get one student to understand that 9 plus 1 equals 10!! These students are barely getting addition and subtraction! In language, they can't seem to follow directions. If I tell them to circle the nouns and underline the verbs, even if I go over the specific items on the test, about half of them will underline the nouns and circle the verbs. Or they will circle the adjectives and nothing else. When we discuss the parts of speech, they do pretty well. When it comes to a test, oh, brother! I have even gone so far as to look at what a child was doing, then ask them (for example) "have you ever bananaed? I have never been bananaing. How do you do it?" I have one student who likes to answer everything with "I don't know." There is nothing wrong with him or his intellect. He likes to do stuff like that. Then today, redemption! (at least a little) During our weekly grade level meeting, I learned that ALL of the third grade classes (we have 4) are in almost exactly the same place in everything! So, not only are my kids having problems with learning the material, but so are the students belonging to other "real" experienced, receiving a paycheck teachers! Isn't it kind of horrible to feel like celebrating that we are all so far behind?