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Why I Love Teaching


How many pounds of extra dirt is Stanley going to dig at the end of a full year?

Mr. K:

How many cubic feet of extra dirt is Stanley going to dig at the end of a full year?

Claire Thompson, scooping both of us:

If we had a container whose base was the area of our classroom, how high would all the extra dirt pile up that Stanley shoveled?

Any job that rewards this kind of fine-toothed, detail-oriented nit-picking is fine by me.

6 Responses to “Why I Love Teaching”

  1. on 23 Aug 2010 at 5:16 pmRiddler

    How many bodies could we bury if a body takes x cubic feet and you need y cubic feet to cover it?

    How much bleach?

  2. on 23 Aug 2010 at 7:01 pmag.

    this makes me smile. i love teachers that love teaching! :)

  3. on 24 Aug 2010 at 4:45 pmColin Graham

    It’s like: my dirt’s bigger than your dirt!

    Now, what I would like to know is how are you going to explain that you are still talking about feet and cubic feet when most of the rest of us are talking about metres and litres (or meters and liters if you insist!).

    I love Claire’s approach, it gets round the whole “what unit shall we use” thing…

    My answer might be 367.8 buckets full!



  4. on 25 Aug 2010 at 7:20 amClaudia

    (Not related to this post) Do you have any tips/tricks for helping an almost 3rd grader practice addition and subtraction? School starts next week here in NY and we’ve started flashcards again, but it’s a really really painful process. Thanks.

  5. on 04 Sep 2010 at 10:48 amElizabeth


  6. on 02 Oct 2010 at 12:29 pmBen@TIC

    Amen! I love a job pushes you to ask better questions and think exocartonically.