# The Stacking Paper Problem

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Do you find yourself teaching kids using the same old worksheets and 100-year-old archaic methods?  Don't get me wrong, those archaic methods are tried and true for a good reason, but we need to be careful to give kids problems that are relevant to them and give them clear parameters to work with.  What if, instead of shoving yet another story problem typed in Times New Roman font on stark white sheet of printer paper asking kids how many reams of copy paper can be stacked to the ceiling of a room "so many feet" high, we made this story-problem become a life problem?  That is, why not bring it to life?

Take Mr. Kyle Pierce, for instance. He gives his students a problem:

Reams of copy paper need to be stacked to the ceiling.  How many can I stack? Yes, this is the same problem being presented above with a pencil alone, but read on as you watch how Mr. Pearce piques his student's interests with other resources:

He then gives them a few different photos and videos that disclose pertinent information such as that found in the above photos.  Students use these visuals to figure out the math computation that is needed.  They solve the problem, and can even check their work using more of Mr. Pierce's videos which shows the actual problem being executed.

He follows up this assignment with the following questions: