Slice of Life: Day 23
“Mrs. B, what year were you born?”
“Why do you want to know?”
“I want to see if you were alive during the Great Chicago Fire.”
“Susie, what year did the Great Chicago Fire happen?”
“Umm… Go check that date.”
In math we continue to talk about are your answers reasonable, do they make sense and seeing if your actual answer is close to your estimate. I guess I should have been explicit in stating that doesn’t just apply to math, but all things in life!
My students were born in 2009 and 2010, so sometimes I forget that for them the 90’s seem like a very long time ago.
“OK. I was wrong. It was 1871.”
“So Susie… how old do you think I am?”
I know I should not have asked this question, but my curiosity got the best of me! And, granted she thought 1997 was a long time ago what number could she possibly say?!”
So matter of fact. So innocent. Yet so wrong by almost 15 years!
“Umm… not that old.”
Well that’s a big change from 47.
So granted, I didn’t feel well today, but I didn’t think I aged myself by 15 years. Lesson learned… don’t play the how old is Mrs. B game and we could use a lesson in estimation! Spring Break couldn’t come soon enough!