Here’s a math question I asked back in 2008 (Dr. H. was our principal).

This year, Dr. H gave Mr. Byrd a raise. He’s now making $2.99 an hour! If he works 85 hours a week, how much will he earn in two weeks?

So first, **let’s scrap the silly fake numbers**. I was foolishly aiming for “engaging” rather than interesting thinking. I’ll replace those numbers with something actually useful:

Cafe Byrd offers baristas $14.99 per hour for up to 40 hours a week. What is the maximum weekly pay?

### Up to Analyze

Then, I always want to try to hit the Analyze level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. And **to Analyze we need a second option**.

I’ll introduce another coffee shop:

Byrdbucks Coffee offers baristas $17.99 per hour. If you work 40 hours a week, what is

theirweekly pay?

Now, I’ll ask questions about this situation, **moving around on Bloom’s Taxonomy**.

- Cafe Byrd is offering overtime pay at $19.99 per hour for up to five hours beyond your original 40 hours. Which coffee shop would you choose to work for?
- How few hours could you work at Byrdbucks in order to make the same amount of money as 40 hours at Cafe Byrd? What if you include the overtime pay?
- Create a third coffee shop with an even more enticing offer than Byrdbucks or Cafe Byrd.

See how long we can stick with this same situation by **asking questions that prompt different types of thinking**? We don’t need 20 different low-level calculation problems when we climb Bloom’s. And my last question leaves the door open for all sorts of interesting directions. Will someone interpret “more enticing” to include a retirement plan? Paid vacation? A free iPad? Will they make a logo and sample menu for the third cafe?

And, yes, there’s a video version of this sequence over at Byrdseed.TV.