So here’s a story you’re probably not going to believe, but it’s true. I promise you! At least I remember it happening…
It was a long time ago, when I was teaching in a school that was a bit strange, and a bit peculiar (but not nearly as peculiar and strange as the school you’re in right now!)
As I remember, it was a cold, dark morning, and I came into my classroom just like I always did. I went to the board, and wrote the day’s schedule just like I always did.
My students arrived at 8:30 just like they always did. They were making noise, talking, and misbehaving just like they always did.
We sat down for our morning meeting just like we always did.
We began the school day with math, reading, and music just like we always did.
At 11:30 the students went out to recess just like they always did.
At 12: 30 the students came back from recess just like they always did.
The students went back to their desks and sat down just like they always did.
Then things started to get a bit strange.
Chris raised his hand and said, “Hey Mr. R. it’s time for recess, we don’t want to be late.”
“You just had recess,” I said, “Good try, Chris, but now it’s time for the spelling quiz.”
“No,” said Jenna, “look at the clock. It’s time for recess. 11:30AM.”
“I looked at the clock and it said 11:30. I closed my eyes for a second and opened them to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. The clock still said 11:30.
If the students spent ¾ of their time at recess playing tag, and then ⅓ of the remaining time playing football, how many minutes had they played football (recess was one hour)?