Board Game Fun!

On Thursday, I managed to give out math tests for both the Grade 10s and Grade 11s. That felt pretty good, considering we are only 4 days away until the Christmas holidays and many teachers have stopped teaching new material at this point. I was happy this week was still fairly productive, despite the absences increasing in number.

Since the Grade 11s won the Oopsie Points challenge*, I bought a couple of frozen Delissio pizzas and we rented the kitchen for a period.

I brought Blokus with me and they learned how to play it. The game is for 4 players and you have to fit as many as your 21 tiles into the board. Each person takes their turn and can place a piece down, as long it touches pieces of their own colour, corner-to-corner. You cannot have two pieces of your own colour with two sides flush to each other.

Pretty simple to play and it’s a classic game that even my mother and 97-grandmother play with each other! It’s great for spatial reasoning, so it’s not a surprise that my two strongest math students really started picking up the strategy and knocking everyone out! They were really into and I was pretty happy I tricked them into doing math even during their down time … ha!

We had a great time overall!
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*I started the Oopsie Points challenge two years ago. I wanted students to challenge me if they spotted errors because students should feel comfortable challenging people of authority and not be complicit in whatever is being said. I found that prior to this challenge, a lot of my students would not be willing to point out even the simplest of addition errors. 

This Is What -34 Celsius Looks Like

It’s been crazy cold in the north!

My car would not start this morning, so I decided it was back to walking to work. I forgot to plug in my block heater*, so really that was my fault. But I’ve been a bit lazy with my commute, which is only 10 minutes away, so I might as well well. It’s just that putting on snowpants and full gear adds another 5-10 minutes …

Anyway, I thought I’d share a picture of what happens when you are walking in -34 Celcius weather for too long with a balaclava. You start breathing heavily and the moisture drifts up towards your eyelashes, which then collect the moisture and it freezes. Then you look like you’re crying when you go inside because all the ice starts dripping off your lashes onto your face!

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*Check out the Wikipedia page of what a block heater is. Only some Canadians are aware of this function on a car. It doesn’t automatically get installed on a vehicle. You have to pay to set it up