I teach 7th grade math in TX. I am having a huge problem this year with students not being able to apply what they know to their work. They can have their notes open and still the hands shoot up for clarification. This is after teaching, practicing, guided practice, notes....For example: They recently did percent increase and decrease. Their notes say to find the difference between the numbers and divide by the original. They stare at said notes and sit there claiming they don't know what to do. I'm at a loss.