Friday and Fractions:) Thank a Teacher

17 Aug

“I always used to think that fractions, algebra, and geometry would never come in handy in my old age. Today, I needed to add 2/3 and 1/4, and find the LCD to make my brownies. Thank you to all my math teachers.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

-Tom Brokaw

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I was looking through my Facebook posts today and stumbled across a TED Talk that my friend Vivian shared about teachers. Rita Pierson describes the importance of teaching. Now that it’s back to school time, and all the parents are happy that school is back in session and out of their hair, I’m sure all the teachers are sad that summer vacation is over, but are ready and willing to meet the challenge of a new year.

Being a former teacher in a previous life in a galaxy far far away, known as the 70’s/80’s, I appreciated Ms. Pierson’s narrative. Teachers do make a difference in everyone’s life, whether you are willing to admit it or not. I was blessed with many wonderful teachers, and I may not remember each name, but I remember all that they taught me. I still keep in touch with my old art teacher, Mr. Deeks Carroll. Now, retired, I still think about how he showed us his passion for art. He treated us like equals, because in his eyes, we were all learning, including himself. “Love ya, Mr. C.”

This afternoon, I was making a batch of brownies. I don’t follow recipients carefully, I always approximate. But, this box called for 2/3 cup oil and 1/4 water. All the other boxes only used 1/2 oil, so I wanted to see what ratio that was and only use 1/2 Cup oil.

I strained my brain and said, I need to find the LCD least common denominator. Aren’t you impressed that I still know that? 12 is the LCD so 2/3 is 8/12 and 1/4 is 3/12. That’s a total of 11/12. Aha! I still could guesstimate, almost 1/2 and 1/2, just a little less of something. So, I added 1/2 oil and just a smidgeon (technical baking term) less than 1/2 cup water. Voila! Math making brownies!!!

I’d like to thank all the teachers who make the world a better place. The brownies are perfect.

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