#SOL16: “Around the World”

Standing next to the desk, two more to go.

“Easy or hard?”







Answered before my opponent opened his mouth.

One to go.

Waiting patiently.

Ever ready!


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“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.

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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 .

12 responses

  1. Me thinks you are the lucky charm Fran! Great slice memory.

    1. It was a fun slice to think about and plan for! Back to working on narratives! ❤

  2. Such a sweet memory, Fran. Hope your lucky clover continued to ‘charm”.

    1. Linda,
      It “charmed” while I had it and believed in it. Such an interesting connection to reflect upon!

      1. I remember carrying a special coin to help teams win in high school. Don’t know where it went, but I thought it helped! Thanks for helping me to remember!

      2. Some sports had their lucky socks . . . helpful while winning but more difficult to explain when not winning! ❤

  3. I think many of us have a lucky charm or ritual that we follow before a game or contest whether we admit it or not. Just something to boost the confidence we sometimes don’t think we have, Love this memory, Fran.

    1. I love that “Just something to boost the confidence we sometimes don’t think we have”. . . so true!


  4. Such a sweet memory — do you still have it???!!!


    1. No, and that may be a mother slice!

  5. Such fun to read, Fran – a lovely memory!

    1. Thanks, Tara! It was also FUN to write!

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