She knew she would face another day of confusion, another day of pretending to follow along. She could hardly do long division, let alone solve for x.So, the REAL problem is that she is innumerate, not Algebra-phobic.
Why are students having difficulties with math? According to one teacher:
Shane Sauby, who worked as an attorney and stockbroker before becoming a teacher, volunteered to teach the students confronting first-year algebra for a second, third or fourth time. He thought he could reach them.Nah, I'm sure THAT wasn't the problem. It must have been the mysterious Algebra block.
But, Sauby said, many of his students ignored homework, rarely studied for tests and often skipped class.
Another teacher found similar problems among the multiply-enrolled failing students:
George Seidel, devoted a class this fall to reviewing equations with a single variable, such as x -- 1 = 36. It's the type of lesson students were supposed to have mastered in fourth grade.Look, guys, it isn't rocket science. If you don't put the effort in, you won't take the reward out.
Only seven of 39 students brought their textbooks. Several had no paper or pencils. One sat for the entire period with his backpack on his shoulders, tapping his desk with a finger.
Another doodled an eagle in red ink in his notebook. Others gossiped as Seidel, a second-year teacher, jotted problems on the front board.
Siedel was Gabriela's teacher - so why did she fail?
Seidel did not appear to make a difference with Gabriela Ocampo. She failed his class in the fall of 2004 — her sixth and final semester of Fs in algebra.Ya' think that might have made a difference?
But Gabriela didn't give Seidel much of a chance; she skipped 62 of 93 days that semester.