So much has happened since we last chatted. Pi Day is an especially important day at QT3.14 (QT Pi) LLC, the parent company of SUM OF WHICH. Last year we offered our first SUM OF WHICH Tournament on March 14th and this year was no different. On March 14, 2018 the SUM OF WHICH Champion was crowned at the second annual SUM OF WHICH Tournament. Students in grade 3 through 6 at Kennedy Elementary School in Ogdensburg New York competed to become SUM OF WHICH Champions. More than 300 students took part in the challenge. Several students were competing for their second year. Prior to the start of the competition, one young man, Rainer Langstaff, told me he had been practicing for weeks. He even got up early that morning to continue to practice his skills. He had been crowned SUM OF WHICH Champion for grade 3 last year and wanted to win again this year as a 4th grade student. The excitement was palpable. Students entered the cafeteria determined to win. The competition began and students got busy making sums of ten in strategic ways. One young lady made an 85 point play on her first move. That was exciting!!
This year, we decided that all students would play 4 rounds of SUM OF WHICH and the top 4 students in each grade level would move to play offs. Those four students were then shown ten number tiles and directed to make sums of ten as many ways as they could. They were given one minute. The player in each grade level who had the most ways to make ten was crowned the SUM OF WHICH Champion for their grade level. I was proud to see Rainer as the winner of grade 4. It seems his practice paid off. He found 19 ways to make a sum of ten during the finalists round. The winners this year were:
Grade 3 Champion: Team Calvin and William. Finalists: Caelyn Badgley, Makayla Legault, and Brooke Davison
Grade 4 Champion: Rainer Langstaff. Finalists: Abbigail Pratt, Andrew Bertram, and Jed Farley
Grade 5 Champion: Laughlin O’Donnell. Finalists: Ryatt Roberts, Bryan Doser, and Massey Fennessy
Grade 6 Champion: Seth Martel. Finalists: Seth, Ryan Henry, Mia LaBella, and Madison Miller
Each Champion walked away with their own game of SUM OF WHICH as a gift from their principal, Sue Jacobs.
Another tradition of QT3.14 LLC is to give away some games to teachers for their classes. This year I made a promise on Facebook. As soon as I receive 1000 followers, I will randomly select on of my followers to receive $150 in free games. Since the launch of the challenge, we have gained 87 followers. We now have 809 followers. Just 191 more followers and the games will be on their way to one lucky follower. Spread the word and get your friends to check out SUM OF WHICH on Facebook. Maybe I will be visiting your school.
Finally, I have an offer for you. You’ve played SUM OF WHICH, right? Have you played SO YOU THINK YOU CAN ADD or any of the other games? Have you written a review? I have heard from many of you about how much your students/children love playing SUM OF WHICH but I have very few actual reviews written. Are you looking for a way to get more copies of SUM OF WHICH in your classroom? Then read on…. I am offering the following.
Write a review at sumofwhich.com and/or on Facebook, then post to Facebook or Twitter something about your students/children enjoying SUM OF WHICH and tag SUM OF WHICH, I will give you $2 off your next purchase. If your post includes a picture of your students/children playing SUM OF WHICH, I will raise that to $4 off your next purchase. (Sale items not included.)
So get busy writing your review and posting to Facebook and/or Twitter. I would love to read what you have to say and see your children/students playing the game. I am sure you would love to save money on your future purchase.
I have been an educator for more than 20 years. I firmly believe that students must UNDERSTAND, not memorize.