My students bombed another math test on Friday. It was standard AF 4.2 - Rates, Ratios and Proportions.
I'm talking about 7-10 students out of 32/28 passing. Ugh. Honestly, it should NOT surprise me anymore because my students:
- do not like to work in class (Work? HUH?)
- have difficultly reading
- DETEST word problems (What? There are words? This is too hard. I can't do it.)
- don't do anything that seems too hard (What? You expect me to divide a two digit number into a four digit number? That's too hard!)
- don't do their homework (But I copied the 3 you did in class! I did 3 out of 20! That's like a C right?)
I'm usually pretty good and reteaching and not letting scores make me depressed. The only thing is that I have to report these scores of my assessments to my grade level PLC and my scores this year are always the worst. Then, for some reason, only our grade level scores are reported back to my principal. Every other year of my teaching career, my scores were consistently at the top and I didn't have to report them to anyone!! It is SOO frustrating.
I just wonder what I have to do here. It's awful because they completely lack the 7th grade math skills that they need to succeed and I debate daily about saying screw it and going back to teach them proper multiplication, division, etc. I mean, how can you successfully find the answer for a proportion when you don't know that 7x6=42?
**bang head on desk repeatedly**