So this is my fifth year teaching math and it is just getting progressively worse. When I first started teaching, kids came to me knowing how to multiply large numbers (I teach 5th grade and now 6th), now I am lucky if these kids can add and subtract. What is going on? These kids do not study and their parents want to know what more I can do. I guess the extra help, study guides, modifications, and everything else I do just isn't enough. I am so frustrated at this point. We just ordered a new math program this year to align with the common core and I am having a difficult time using it because they kids aren't ready for it! I don't want to move on without kids really getting the basic concepts, but how long is too long? I think this is just a rant, but I'm seriously frustrated. Is it just me though?