Today was my 7th day. I teach at a school where many students are struggling and are more worried about where they are going to get their next meal. Very low socioeconomic statuses, very poor home life for many. My students are not comprehending anything we are doing. I know that I have very low readers, and I have a couple high readers. For example, today in science, we filled out a simple worksheet as a review of vocabulary. Just a simple put the right word in the right blank worksheet, and hardly any of them got more than one right. It is like this all over the board. Reading is something we haven't started yet--because of shoddy work, our building must be re-wired before we can do assessment. Once assessed, the students will be split into groups and the low readers will go to 1st grade for reading and the higher readers will go to 3rd. I just feel so discouraged already. I am better than this. I can teach. I blame myself. I have heard this is a similar story for most classes within the building. How do I get these students to understand and apply? I even read the science worksheet out loud for them...they just didn't care or try. I can teach. I can teach. I can teach. I can reach students. I can reach students. I can reach students.