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Slice of Life 2020 Day 23: Tie-Breaker Dilemma

“Did you think about what we would do in case of a tie?,” I texted my friend Courtney. Yesterday afternoon, we planned and made virtual resources so our classes could still each participate in a virtual March Book Madness. 

Today was day one. My class ‘sweet sixteen round one’ match-up was Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan versus The Can Man by Laura Williams. At 5pm, all students had voted, justified their choice, and it was a tie. 

Awaiting her response, I overthought my options. A few weeks ago, I totally would have just chosen my favorite and told them it was so close but the winner is _____. Now, I feel like I owe them so much more than that.

I could do a virtual rock paper scissors? I could make a video of myself choosing the winning title out of a hat? I could think of a number between 1 and 10 and randomly select two students, who chose opposing titles, whoever is closest wins? I could chose one students name out of a hat, have them close their eyes, hold up the two books, and whichever book they’re pointing to, wins?

Is Courtney’s delay in response because she’s overthinking it too?


4 thoughts on “Slice of Life 2020 Day 23: Tie-Breaker Dilemma

  1. I was hoping to keep ours going as well. The principal is still thinking it over. There are many actions that are getting closer consideration these days. I think you should just pick 🙂


  2. It is SO very easy to overthink in a normal situation, but I can identify with you really wanting to give more to your young learners.

    Let us know the results!


  3. I notice a trend of people overthinking things of late – ! But I so appreciate how you feel you “owe them more” than just breaking the tie. The outcome will be interesting … I’d be tempted to ask the kids to try and justify the OTHER book and see if anyone at all changes his or her mind …


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