OMG the past two days have just been one huge crazy whirlwind. I started my first teaching job, as some of you know, and I have already graded my first set of papers (which I both cried and rejoiced over), given and mostly graded a quiz, written up one student for throwing pencils, caught another one cheating on said quiz, and had my first impromptu parent teacher conference! Whew! This week we're covering formulas, and we had quite a bit we needed to cover this week. Monday alone we were supposed to do perimeter, area, and volume but they are having so much trouble with it we haven't even gotten to volume yet! Monday my observation went well and my dept. chair said he was impressed for my first day and everything was fine. I let them spend the last 20 minutes working on their classwork (4 detailed word problems straight from the state test folks) and the results seriously stressed me out. That should be PLENTY of time to do 4 problems, although I do know that I had a few who were on task and didn't finish because they're just slow (speed-wise) but what they had was correct. Even though I walked around helping the entire time, I'd say about a third of them got 100s and the rest failed. I mean like 0s and 13s and 25s. Many of the 0s were because they wouldn't shut up and only got 0 problem done. I thought I had really screwed up teaching it until I got to all of the 100s. I've given them the opportunity to redo it for homework for half credit added, and talked to them about how that's the only time we're doing this, etc. Yet, they kept on chatting today (nothing major, and I'd tell them to be quiet and they'd quiet down for a while, etc, just typical new teacher testing) and they were still having a lot of trouble. I don't understand what else I can do for them to get it. They do well with equations in general, but for some reason the idea of having to plug in numbers we know for most of the variables and solve for the one we don't know is messing them up. I've told them they have to show the equation, all of their work, and what each variable represents because that's where they're messing up, but the just keep doing it in their head and refuse to write it down. If I counted them off for not showing all of their work, I would have one girl with a 100 and the rest 0s. Any ideas on what I can do to help them understand formulas better? :help: Sorry for all the rambling!!!