Standing next to the desk, two more to go.
“Easy or hard?”
Answered before my opponent opened his mouth.
One to go.
“Not even an attempt from my last opponent.”
Final card for today . . .
One to clinch the win.
I pushed my glasses back up on my nose.
Cheers erupted around me.
I made the victory lap back to my seat.
I had just won “Around the World.”
It was my third day in a row. And I was so excited. I slipped a small green clover from my fist into the pencil rail of my desk. I wasn’t sure if it was skill or luck, but I was not taking any chances. I carried my lucky charm when playing “Around the World” in math because I was not tempting fate. I rejoiced in the fact that it was my third day in a row winning basic multiplication facts in third grade.
How long would my “Lucky Charm” work?
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Around the World – perhaps better suited to small groups and vocabulary practice in today’s world than memorizing math facts without a conceptual understanding .