Hi, I have been posted to a rural school for the first time. I am wondering how much to simplify the materials that I have developed over the years in order not to discourage the students here. I have only taught here for one week and the students are already complaining that the material is too difficult for them. Is this just natural behaviour from teenage middle school students or is their level truely that low? I am finding it difficult to gauge their true level in part because they are reluctant to participate.

P.S. I have taught in this counrty for more than ten years and know the culture quite well. I have also tried all the best best methods to encourage participation with little success.