I asked his second grade teacher for clarification and below was her response:
The strategy for this problem is counting the numbers in-between the two given numbers on the number line. Yes, if you subtract then the answer would be six, but we are not subtracting, we are counting the numbers in between. In his binder, he has notes showing this particular strategy called "rooftop."
So is the answer 5? I'm still confused. Fuck.
How far is 33 from 27 on the number line?
- First, fuck the number line.
- Second, setup your problem: 33 - 27
- Third, do actual math, i.e. subtract instead of counting hash marks on a line.
- The answer is 6, you dummies!