June 17, 2005

Tooth Fairy Part II- Horrifying them with Math

Here is Part II of my III part Tooth Fairy Series.

I was in the school clinic a couple years ago hanging out talking to the school nurse, who I know very well. The first grade teacher came in with a child who had just lost a tooth. A big deal was being made by the nurse and the teacher as they gave the child a little plastic tooth container necklace, in which to carry the tooth home.

I sat there watching this entire scene and quietly laughed to myself.

The teacher got the child back to class, but then came back in for something else. Let it be known this is one of my favorite teachers in the school, both my older sons have had her and I requested her for my 3rd son.

So I said to the teacher: How long have you been teaching?

Teacher: Hmm. I do believe it is 25 years this year.

Me: Well, by my calculations, if there are 25 kids in your class and since 1st grade is the grade where MOST of the kids lose most of their first 8 teeth, and knowing how kids are about loose teeth and how once they are loose, they sit there and ‘wiggle wiggle wiggle’, they can’t help it… I think it is safe to assume that every child in your class loses 1 tooth on your watch while in class… that is 625 teeth lost during class time over your career.

Teacher looking rather stunned: Well… I guess you are right.

Me: If we take it a step further, every child probably loses 6 teeth the year you have them as their teacher and every child probably shows you when they walk in class… so 25 years, 25 kids, 6 teeth… we’re now at roughly 3750 lost on your watch, that you get to “oooo” and “ahhhh” over.

Teacher now laughing and horrified that I have done this computation: I have NEVER thought of it that way.

The clinic nurse is now laughing.

Me: Oh I know. But I just wanted to say how impressed I am that after 3750 teeth, 625 of them having been lost during class, that you are still excited for the kids… because… I don’t think I could be.

I think I’d be pretty over it after the first school year.

Oh, and the next year I was asked to be the school treasurer. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by Boudicca at June 17, 2005 08:47 PM


Posted by: vw bug at June 17, 2005 09:33 PM

That is what you get for showing off......treasurer.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at June 18, 2005 12:42 AM

A-HA! We now know why you were asked treasurer... you did completely useless math for no reason other then to show off your calculating capabilities! It's karma! :)

Posted by: Contagion at June 18, 2005 08:27 AM

You are SUCH an engineer! Only one of the many reasons I love you! ;-)

Posted by: Tammi at June 18, 2005 12:36 PM

Again--you crack me up!!

Posted by: julie at June 18, 2005 04:38 PM

You remind me of that guy on TV, Scott, the Human Calculator. He used to come on at night with the infomercials!

Posted by: Sissy at June 18, 2005 08:04 PM


Posted by: TNT at June 19, 2005 10:08 AM

My sister is the same way, but she does Accounting.

I call her my human calculator. I drag her with my when I go shopping and make her calculate my discounts.

Posted by: Machelle at June 20, 2005 09:15 AM