### Learner #2: Learn from mistakes

Journals are a great place to learn from your mistakes. This child’s creative journaling example proved to be a great discussion point for the class.

*There are 10,241 cats and 862 cages. They are divided equally into the cages. How many cats in each cage? There are 16 more cats put in each cage, How many cats are there?*

By specifying that the cats must be shared equally into the 862 cages, the number of cats must be a factor of 862. The learner hadn’t realised this. Nevertheless, it was a good try. They knew it wasn’t quite right but they were happy to share their thinking with the class.

As a class, we altered the question to ‘how many cages would have 1 cat, how many have 2 cats and how many have 3 cats’? This showed how the question, with only a minor tweak could still work. As for the second part: putting an extra 16 cats together in a cage — my learners decided that probably wasn’t a good idea!