Who knew cooking was discrete math?

#MTBoS30 post two.

I was trying to help a student understand the reasoning required to find the shortest time possible to complete a project. His assignment had a chart and a map like grid of lines. The chart showed pre-requisites using letters, with the time to completion given. The student was struggling to understand what he was doing. I chose to assign context. Together we planned a thanksgiving dinner complete with time frames for everything from cranberry compote to pumpkin pie. The oven controlled the overall plan, as we determined the minimum time possible to complete the preparations! I think he got it, as he quickly completed three more paths. Interesting. Who knew all those Thanksgiving dinners were good for more than overdosing on Turkey and whipped cream covered slices of pie!