## Friday, December 12, 2008

### Basic Math

I remembered something I wanted to put on here as I was walking the dog this morning. In the back of my mind, I have always kind of wanted to become a math teacher. I majored in Mathematics with an insurance minor. I think that I would be pretty effective, but not something I have made myself pursue yet. Yesterday morning, I was at Starbucks. This is my indulgence for the day, even though all I get is black coffee, I still enjoy starting my day with a cup. Well, yesterday morning, I had nothing at all to eat at my place, so I also purchased a fruit cup at Starbucks for more than it should have been, but hey, I was hungry! Total came to $5.67. As the total was coming up, I had a $20 bill out. I realized I had a $1 in my wallet as well, so, I hand her both bills. She took one in each hand and looks at me as if I just came out of a space ship. "So, what did you want back" she asks. At this point, I could have been an ass and said "my change", but decided an explanation of "$15, so I do not have so many $1's". I truly do not think she got it until she entered the amount in her trustee machine that she truly understood what I was attempting to do. Why does this situation make me want to pursue teaching? I would be that math teacher that would not allow you to use your calculator on the tests until the last 10 minutes of class and I would also require work to be shown for full credit.

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## 6 comments:

I'm so with you!

I remember the days of no calculators at all and showing all the work. I've starting giving exact change at drive-thru's etc, because I haven't found anyone around here that can count change anymore!

Go for it Scott - I think you'd be a great math teacher!

I'm with you, too!!

I've had to do math for bank tellers. Scary.

Crap. It took me three readings to figure out why you gave her $21. Should I even be admitting this?

The world does need great teachers, clearly. I think you'd be great...and you'd be the cool teacher, of course!

Addie, Math Impaired Blog Sista

I'm a little late on this post, but this always cracks me up... and makes you realize that we do need someone to beat a little math in our kids head. Go for it Scott. I worked in a drug store through high school. Back in the day before the cash registers told you how much change to give back so this is a bit of a peeve of mine as well. I've confused someone by giving them 2 dollars and a penny on a $1.26 bill.

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