I need the feedback of my teacher friends. Take a look at this school assignment that Maddie (who is in Kindergarten) came home with:
All the students in her class work on independently completing a packet of worksheets during the day. They typically do these when other kids are still working on the previous class assignment (aka to kill time and keep them quiet). This worksheet was one of several that covered addition. This was also the only one that Maddie did wrong, but how she did it is what is fascinating (and confusing) to me.
In all the problems (except the very first one), she did subtraction in what looks to me like an algebra type equation. She told us she did this in her head. What do you think about this? How would she have drawn these conclusions?
Is she, in fact, the smartest child that ever walked the face of the planet? Should I send her to Harvard next year?