Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thinking outside the box

Part of Beth's homework yesterday was a math sheet. The kids are currently learning about temperatures and measuring them, and the first question on the sheet was this:

1. Look for thermometers around your home.

I found ______ thermometers in my home.

The expected answer would be a number, right? After the kids were in bed last night and I was packing up bags for this morning, I looked over Beth's homework before I stuck it in her folder (yes, I know that checking homework AFTER the kids have gone to bed could cause logistical problems if there is something incorrect or incomplete, but really I only check for completeness, not correctness, since I think you learn something better if you've screwed it up the first time, and I have been known to drag them out of bed at night or extra early in the morning to complete something, so they've learned to do it all in the interest of sleep). Look at the question above again. Now look at her answer:

1. Look for thermometers around your home.

I found MEAT thermometers in my home.

And THAT is why they should have an actual child test these workbooks before they are released to the public. That question should OBVIOUSLY say:

1. Look for AND COUNT the thermometers around your home.

How many thermometers did you find in your home? ________

I did not have Beth change her answer to a number. I did explain that the type of answer expected here was a number, though it wasn't made clear by the question and therefore her answer was not incorrect. I put a sticky note on the sheet for the teacher and I think Beth's answer is WAY better than a number.


LoriD said...

That is really funny. The teacher will probably get a good laugh too.

Nowheymama said...

Awesome. You would also find a candy thermometer in our home.

What a poorly phrased question.

Jess said...

I totally agree. Her answer IS better and I hope the teacher sees it the same way.

Shelly said...

HAHAHA! Gotta love the creative kids! I really like her answer.

Pickles and Dimes said...

HAHAHHHA. Love it. Hope the teacher counts it correct; Beth's not wrong!

Mimi said...

That is great! Thinking outside of the box, right?

Alice said...

HA! that's great. AND ACCURATE! :-)

Swistle said...

OMG LOVE IT. I read it out loud to Paul and we both laughed until we got tears in our eyes.

Shelly Overlook said...

Clearly your child is more intelligent than the teacher.

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