SUM OF WHICH has been played and is being played in many classrooms and homes. It is being played in 8 countries. I had a dream that perhaps it could be played by hundreds of children at once!
Today, that dream became a reality. Today, children at the Kennedy School in Ogdensburg, New York played to compete for champion of their grade level in a SUM OF WHICH Tournament. Today, more than 350 children played SUM OF WHICH!
It was thrilling to see so many children so enthusiastic about playing the game. Watching the pride in their faces as they made "big points" for their plays was incredible. Then, as the four finalists for each grade were called to play. watching them approach the playing table with confidence and just a slight bit of fear was wonderful. They knew they were going to play for champion.
Watching the "Final Four" was great as well. I was able to watch as they studied the board looking for the best play and eventually as they placed their tiles.
"Crowning" the top player at each grade was terrific. Those students went home with a SUM OF WHICH JUNIOR game so they can continue to play and practice.
As I walked out of the school, I heard comments like this. One student asked, "Will we have another tournament next year?" Another said, "Thanks for making up that game SUM OF WHICH. It's fun." In answer to the question, yes, there will be another tournament next year. The school has already reserved Pi Day for next year. Let's hope we don't have another snow day. And, you are welcome. Thank you for playing the game. You helped to make another of my dream to come true.
I have been an educator for more than 20 years. I firmly believe that students must UNDERSTAND, not memorize.