# Help - my brain is melting!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Help - my brain is melting!
 5 Mon, 02-23-2009 - 2:21pm

The question: If a plane travels 1400 miles in 1 hour, how many miles does it travel in 3 hours?

AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Tell me there is a sure-fire trick for explaining this to him.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
 In reply to: finally_me Help - my brain is melting! Mon, 02-23-2009 - 7:11pm

Do you laugh, cry, scream or jump up and down? Depending on the student, I'd say there is probably no guarantee, but I'd probably use a map and clock drawings. Use a scaled line

Sherry

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
 In reply to: finally_me Help - my brain is melting! Mon, 02-23-2009 - 11:17pm
Thanks for the tip about the map and clocks! I tried it with money, but he's still a little shaky even at it. He jumps the gun and multiplies or adds random numbers without regard for what they stand for. For example, I might say "If you get paid \$5 to pull weeds for one hour, how many hours will it take for you to earn \$10?" and he'll say "15?"

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-25-2007
 In reply to: finally_me Help - my brain is melting! Tue, 02-24-2009 - 11:32am

Lol I have one better?

"Looking at the graph, what color shirt is the class's favorite?"--six

At first I thought okay 6 kids like the color so he got confused...10 kids like the shirt.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
 In reply to: finally_me Help - my brain is melting! Tue, 02-24-2009 - 1:14pm
LOL! Priceless!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
 In reply to: finally_me Help - my brain is melting! Tue, 02-24-2009 - 5:03pm

It sounds like something visual might help. Obviously just hearing it or reading it isn't working. See what happens with the manipulatives and a visual approach. Best wishes!

Sherry