Sometimes I doubt whether my students really understand the material. I may finish explaining how the moon revolves around the Earth as simplistically as possible, and then ask a follow-up question to check for understanding, and I’m met with blank stares. It’s nothing new at all, kids have short attention spans and some concepts are hard to grasp – especially abstract concepts (which come up in science lessons from time to time). Even though I differentiate my methods as much as possible, I know some students will struggle comprehension-wise.
Still, though, it’s a little frustrating to run across the same problems time and again. I do offer extra help after school for students who may need it, and it’s up to them whether they come in or not, but sometimes I wonder whether the issue lies with me ?
In any case, I’ll keep doing my best to help my students understand, and just ask they give their best effort in class.