My jaw literally dropped when I received this email the other day:
Let me explain two things to give you a little background:
First, I have a “contact me” section on this blog, for anyone who may need to get in touch. I received this email through that form.
Second, I recently put out a free resource called Doggy Dilemma for teachers. It is an open ended problem that requires a lot of reading, writing and thinking. There is no immediate answer, and all students would have a different answer in the end.
So…by the powers of observation and inferencing I can only conclude:
- This person who contacted me is a child that has received the assignment in class. (I am thinking this due to the lack of punctuation, capitals and misspellings. The “voice” of the writer seems very young, also.)
- This person is likely a 3-5th grader (since that is the target age group of the problem).
- This person is incredibly resourceful and bold. Not only does she google the problem, but she thinks to contact the author of the problem for an answer!
After I got over the shock of receiving this message I thought to myself, THIS is why I create what I create. No child should be able to google the answers to a great math problem.
What do you think about this?! I would love to know your thoughts.