I realized something about myself today...it's really weird...I count things. Yes, I know you are thinking a math teacher that counts things...of course you do! But, I realized that I count things without knowing I am counting them. Like, for example, when the copy machine is copying, I realize in the middle that I am on copy 47.
Have you ever played the game where you have to guess how many things are in a jar? When I look at something like that, a number comes to me - I don't calculate anything, I just think of a number. I'm always pretty close to the number of things in a jar.
Years ago, I had a student - Emily her name was - she is probably the best math student I have ever had. She could just see things that the other kids couldn't. She was also my student aide. She was in my office one day when she got out a box of tic-tacs. One of my other aides said, "Hey can I have one?" I watched Emily slowly - as slowly as she could, hand over the box of tic-tacs. She obviously didn't really want to share, but couldn't think of a reason not to.
Later, after the other student left, she said, "Did you know that there are almost always 36 tic-tacs in a package? I usually try to eat them 4 at a time so that I will have an even number in each serving of tic-tacs." Therein lay the problem that she was faced with when she was asked to share - who knew how many tic-tacs the other person would take? If she didn't know, she was likely to end up with an odd number of tic-tacs at the end of the package. Not a comfortable feeling for her!
Math people are weird : )