We reached out to our community with five numerical patterns to solve. Each item had at least one missing number. We asked them to complete each pattern by supplying the missing numbers and identifying what kind of pattern was followed to solve each mystery sequence.
We have the answer key to the mystery sequences and it most definitely merits a blog all on its own. 🥸
Before sharing the answers and logic with you, it’s important to mention that we put 8 detectives in on the case, and although some were able to solve the mysteries faster than others, we all had to take some time to think into each sequence and come up with the answers and logic to support our findings. We realized that there was a unique logic to each sequence that in some cases was easier to solve as a group. We also found that #5 wasn’t working as logically as the others and come to find out, there was an error where 46 should be 47… watch the video to see the logic behind that particular mystery sequence 😱
Here’s what our detectives found:
(1) 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Logic = (+2)
(2) 9, 16, 23, 30, 37, 44, 51 Logic = (+7)
(3) 30, 35, 33, 38, 36, 41 Logic = (+5) and (-2)
(4) 122, 120, 115, 113, 108, 106 Logic = (-2) and (-5).
(5) 7, 20, 46, 94, 167, 272 ... This one stumped us!
- There is actually an error in the sequence in that the 46 must be a 47. Here is the video to see
how it was actually solved.
For some, math is very easy and might even be enjoyable. They understand the rules and why specific formulas exist. If they forget the rules and/or formulas, they experiment with numbers and algebra to find the right answers. To these people, math is easy because there is nothing illogical about it.
For many others, math can be difficult. They will try to memorize the formulas because the context feels so abstract to them and the process of analyzing and working through the problems can be intimidating, making math a subject to avoid as much as humanly possible.
This exercise proves that we are all smart, in different ways. That sometimes, we might need help to improve our skills, be it math, technology, reading and/or writing, and that’s OK.
Help really is just a call or a click away. https://llnb.ca/become-a-reader.html
My Road to Reading
I am 21 years old, I live in Central Hainesville, NB with my mom and dad. I was born with spinal meningitis and had a stroke while I was being born. I had to have several shunts, and these required many operations.
When I was in elementary school, someone from district office told my parents that I probably would be unable to learn to read and that I would just get frustrated if we continued in this area. I had teacher assistant help, but the school system just didn’t have the resources to give me the instructions that I needed. We never gave up and I always worked hard to learn to read.
When I was in high school, I even attended after school tutoring. Because I had a good memory, I would often memorize things that I wanted to read aloud. For example, I am very active in church and love to read scripture, so I would have someone read the section to me, and I would repeat it phrase by phrase. My goal was to improve my reading so that I could read my bible.
I heard about Laubach Literacy NB’s adult reading program and I liked the fact that it was free. I had no idea at the time that I wouldn’t have to pay for tutoring. I also liked the fact that I didn’t have to travel outside of my community.
I met with a Tutor Coordinator and the Tutor in October of 2000. We chose Wednesdays at my house to get together. We used the voyagers program which I found easy and interesting. I have now completed three levels and am in my fourth, there are nine levels. I plan to continue until I finish all the levels.
Improving my reading skills has done a lot for me. Within two years, I was able to read scripture during my sister’s wedding ceremony. I now read scripture at home and at church in front of an audience. I also read novels. I am more confident, not just in reading, but in general.
If I hadn’t started with the Laubach Tutoring, I would still be at a low reading level instead of improving everyday.
Have you ever taken the time to think about what success means to you? Is it a multitude of wealth, health and/or happiness? Is it the result of many years of blood, sweat and tears rather than targeted achievements?
In recent years, with all the advances made by technology, we often hear that we must work smarter not harder. It’s true that times have changed and we now have several tools and resources at our disposal to help get things done faster and better than ever before.
The problem, even within the scope of the technical advances, is that we don’t always feel successful and many times, we judge ourselves by saying things like; “I should be further along at my age.”, “I should have done more with my life.”, “If I did (fill in the blank), I could have (fill in the blank).”
The truth is that YOU were born to succeed: We all were. Success doesn’t have to feel like such a far reach either. Many of our adult learners feel this way, and we like to encourage them to take it one lesson at a time, one day or even one hour at a time.
A few questions you might want to ask yourself as you work your way toward a successful day and life are:
What if starting today, you were to look at success through a new pair of lenses. Imagine taking life one hour at a time or one lesson at a time. Every time you complete a specific task, celebrate and be grateful that you have the skills you need to succeed. Make note to always celebrate every success no matter how big or small they may be!
Do this and watch how the energy in your life shifts towards a successful outlook. Remember that if literacy is one of your challenges, there are many resources available, including Laubach Literacy NB. In just one hour a week for 24 weeks, you can change your life.
Just one day can put you on the road to success.
My name is Pam and I am extremely proud to be the daughter of a very dedicated adult learner. I hope that this letter will demonstrate why my mother, Rollande, deserves recognition.
In her early years, her primary focus was ensuring that my brother and I were provided with all of the opportunities to obtain a quality education. All of the sacrifices she made have contributed to the successful adult I have become. My mother has finally found an opportunity in her life where she can focus on making her dreams of reading a reality.
I take pride in her courage to follow her dream at the age of fifty-eight by starting her literacy program at Adult Literacy Fredericton. I have witnessed her successfully complete many levels of this program in a short amount of time. In June of 2014, my mother received a 2014 Sheree Fitch Adult Learner Scholarship Award. In just nine short months, my mother was able to write an essay that described her challenges and her inspiration to join the Laubach Literacy NB organization. The pride I saw in my mother that day will carry with me for the rest of my life. This success has come with many challenges and with hard work, which needs to be celebrated. The dedication she demonstrates to her literacy program and her determination to continue her journey of improving her literacy skills is very impressive.
It is my hope that you will help me celebrate and recognize my mother’s accomplishments. This recognition makes all of the challenges she has faced with her literacy journey worthwhile, and provides her with the confidence to recognize that her dream of reading is a true attainable reality.
If you know of someone who may be struggling with literacy, tell them they’re not alone and encourage them to contact us at Laubach Literacy New Brunswick.
PHONE: (506) 384-6371
TOLL FREE: 1-877-633-8899
You will be directed to a community-based literacy council who will assess your learning needs and pair you with a trained LLNB “Each One Teach One” tutor.
Have you ever had that feeling of “Not Fitting In”? You know, when you are sitting in class and you try not to have eye contact with the teacher so she picks someone else to answer a question. Some of us know that feeling all too well. How about being in a social setting and shying away from commenting because of the lack of comfort with the subject matter?
Have you ever let an opportunity pass you by at work because of the fear of learning something new or the fear of asking for help? Just imagine going through life not wanting to make eye contact, sharing your opinion, or letting opportunities pass you by just because asking for help feels embarrassing, weak or triggers fear-based emotions.
If this resonates with you, you may suffer from FOAFH: Fear of Asking for Help. OnPoint Leadership says this is a common condition and we know from experience that this happens all too often.
In a recent Facebook post, we shared five things that could make you feel more comfortable asking for help if you live with FOAFH; read on to learn more.
CHANGE THE WAY YOU DEFINE ‘ASKING FOR HELP’ AND WATCH YOUR WHOLE PERSPECTIVE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.
When reaching out for help, what if instead of saying “Can you help me with…?” You said:
Try these statements on for size right now, just to see how they make you feel.
As adults, we like to have control over our lives, we are hardwired to want to be independent. We don’t want to be perceived as being needy, come across as incompetent or let others see how ashamed we might be.
Regardless of how you ask for help, at Laubach Literacy NB, our response is always – Sure, we can help you with that. It’s not just our mandate to do so, but our greatest joy to help.
You will find our phone lines are always open, and when you are ready, we will be there.