Here is a bit of an issue I had last semester with planning and teaching math lessons. First of all, I have a mild form of Autism, but my math processing skills are above a standard deviation on the IQ bell curve, and somewhere around the 85th percentile. This has the advantage of being able to understand math really well, and give specific instructions to problem solving on a conceptual level, but it comes at the disadvantage that dealing with an autism spectrum disorder, I have trouble with what is known as "other-mindedness," and it came out this past semester. One of my professors told me that my lessons plans resembled more of a remedial college math class, and my expectations are a bit too high. On a good note, in 8th grade Algebra 1, I got mostly all top marks in my lesson on factoring polynomials, and I got all high marks in pre-Algebra volume review lesson. My professor offered to meet with me over coffee this summer to address this difficulty, which I'm considering, but my main issue is can anyone really give a couple specific examples when comparing the student who is a natural at math and the student who really struggles with math? What I tended to find with experimentation with my youngest brother who is 12 is that the ability to memorize formulas and basic procedures is there, but sometimes the conceptual understanding and automatic calculation of problems is not (Example- 150% of 280. One student simply takes half of the whole and adds it to the whole, and the other student has to get out a calculator and multiply it by 150%). The issue is everyone talks about how difficult math is all the time, but I don't really get that. I find it easy, and to me I feel in the ideal world, it would be as simple as practice after learning the steps. I'm hoping maybe some of those that teach math and found that they were pretty good with it growing up can share some of their strategies to assisting those who are less capable. I'm trying to really see and think inside the mind of someone not good at math, but I can't really. If I had some material to study and explore maybe it would be easier.