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# Why is this wrong?

create a function named num_teachers that takes a single argument, which will be a dictionary of Treehouse teachers and their courses. The num_teachers function should return an integer for how many teachers are in the dict.

I know i can use the len() function but still

teachers.py
# The dictionary will look something like:
# {'Andrew Chalkley': ['jQuery Basics', 'Node.js Basics'],
#  'Kenneth Love': ['Python Basics', 'Python Collections']}
#
# Each key will be a Teacher and the value will be a list of courses.
#
# Your code goes below here.
def num_teachers(a):
for key in a.keys():
count += 1
return count

Before you can add something to a variable, the variable must be created. So before you start the loop, create "count" by assigning it with the value you want it to begin with.

You need to define count outside of the loop first. Also, should definitely use len().

def num_teachers(a):
count = 0

for key in a.keys():
count += 1
return count

Hey you didn't create the loop -

def num_teachers(dictionary):
count = 0

for i in len(dictionary.keys()):
count += 1
return count
```python

This code is not a valid solution. Try it in the challenge and see!

And Namrata did create a loop, just not the count.

Oh, and thanks for formatting your code, but the language name only goes at the top.