Sunday, October 9, 2011

Word Problem Blues

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One of these things is not like the other. Both were answers on a recent HW sheet, and both have similarities. However, only one really answers the question asked. I think that you will be able to tell which is which!

When I see a student answer a word problem with only a number, I often remind students that teachers and test graders are among the least intelligent life forms on the planet. Are we talking 21 9/25 tons of elephant poo? 21 9/25 pounds of cheese? Is 21 9/25 even a legitimate answer to the question that was asked? Without a sentence, I simply do not know.