Student Counting Apples

by Stephen on April 16, 2013 · 34 comments

in Education

A teacher teaching Maths to seven-year-old Laiq asked him, “If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Within a few seconds Laiq replied confidently, “Four!”

The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer, three. She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen properly.” – she thought.

She repeated, “Laiq, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?”

Laiq had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face.Β He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy.

This time hesitatingly he replied, “Four.”

The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that Laiq liked strawberries.

She thought maybe he doesn’t like apples and that is making him loose focus.

This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, “If I give you one strawberry and one strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?”

Seeing the teacher happy, young Laiq calculated on his fingers again. There was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new approach to succeed.

With a hesitating smile young Laiq replied, “Three?”

The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself.

But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how many will you have?”

Promptly Laiq answered, “Four!”

The teacher was aghast. “How Laiq, how?” she demanded in a little stern and irritated voice.

In a voice that was low and hesitating young Laiq replied, “Because I already have one apple in my bag.”

Author Unknown
Story submitted by Kshama

When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect, don’t think they are wrong. There shall be an angle that you may not have thought about yet.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Yvette Wilkinson April 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

I love this story. “The power of words.” The kid told the truth! She asked him “how many will you have?” She gave him three and he had one in his bag. Awesome!

2 Anamika Thakur April 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

Cute Story………..makes me smile πŸ™‚

3 Marco Moris April 17, 2013 at 3:28 am

Hilarious how this kid will be … one sort of genius.

4 Joy April 17, 2013 at 4:00 am

You guys spice up my day!

5 Andrei April 17, 2013 at 9:32 am

Brave, smart, and honest!

6 Linekela April 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This is just fun, it’s a point behind that teachers should always ask learners to explain the reasons behind their reasons even if their answers are wrong. This a fact that there is always a reason for every answer.

7 Bhagyashri April 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

True!… Perceptions are different from person to person…. Math doesn’t consider mind….. Pleasure reading your stories. Receive a kind of a joy in the morals of the stories.

8 Pezachi April 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Laiq was correct while the teacher was wrong. She did not ask Laiq how many Apple she gave him rather she asked how many Apple he had. Good, correct and firm Laiq.

9 Noeme D. Catayas April 18, 2013 at 3:19 am

They both have reasons to be so… teach me to think twice and see other angles for better understanding.

10 Jabeena April 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

Very good one i liked it very much…

11 Chentraho April 20, 2013 at 12:17 am


12 Balaganesh April 23, 2013 at 4:17 am

Power of word is very clear.

13 Jay April 24, 2013 at 4:39 am


14 Stephen April 25, 2013 at 10:35 am

Teacher: How old were you on your last birthday?
Student: Seven.
Teacher: How old will you be on your next birthday?
Student: Nine.
Teacher: That’s impossible.
Student: No, it isn’t, teacher. I’m eight today.

15 Aljean April 29, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I love the kid:)

16 Shadi May 12, 2013 at 12:25 am

Really funny thanx a looooot

17 Chanu May 14, 2013 at 9:37 pm

It’s interesting and very useful.

18 Camilia May 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Inspiring short story realy !

19 GAC May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Story make me smile and feeling good from inside! Loving it!!!

20 Amila Kotikawatta May 21, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Very nice story. Had so many lessons from it.

21 Krutya June 8, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Awesome. This site has superb moral stories I am loving it.

22 Revant Vora June 16, 2013 at 4:59 am

The story was very good.

23 Miss_voile June 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I liked it. Thanks πŸ˜‰

24 Grace June 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Cute.. love it:-)

25 Shankar Chavan July 6, 2013 at 11:33 am

A real good story.

26 Raju July 7, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Super story with real meaning makes me to think as a teacher.

27 Ammu July 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

Awesome kid..

28 Jyoti August 24, 2013 at 5:21 am

Cool and true story πŸ™‚

29 Pradeep vishwakaema November 16, 2013 at 2:42 am

Confidentiel story.

30 Dudes December 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Nice one kid!

31 Augustine April 17, 2014 at 5:25 am

Good one for teachers. When learners give out various opinions of what we do not expect, let us give them chance to explain their reasons. I also like the comment (story) by Stephen.

32 Manothy May 6, 2014 at 5:04 am

Wonderful story I never read πŸ™‚

33 Manothy August 8, 2016 at 7:18 am

Hilarious.. But the kid is telling the truth.

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34 Chandan kumar September 29, 2017 at 3:08 am

Very nice story I like it very much

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