Here's a pic of Shaun and me that someone posted to our facebook group:
We're obviously focusing super hard on figuring out how our game worked. The game we were playing was called Love Letter (affiliate link). It took us a few minutes to wrap our heads around, but I ended up really enjoying it. With only two people playing, the rounds went rather quickly. I'd definitely play it again. Looking on Amazon, it seems like you can even get it themed in Batman and the Hobbit! There's also a Santa version of the game (affiliate link) that's only $3.15!
The real reason I started writing this blog post was to tell you about the exciting packages I got in the mail today. A lovely blog reader sent me a book to read!
I also received a document camera from Ipevo. I've had a document camera since I started teaching, but it has recently stopped working. It wouldn't even power on! Due to the school's budget cuts, I knew that it probably stood no chance of getting repaired or replaced any time soon. Remember: I'm teaching at the school that forces all the teachers to leave by 4 p.m. to conserve electricity costs!
I remembered hearing a few years ago that Ipevo had a program where they gave teachers free document cameras. It's actually called the Ipevo Wishpool. This month, August, just happened to be another document camera giveaway. They give away different products during different months. (It's still August, so if you need a document camera for your classroom you could still win one!) You do have to write a short essay explaining why you need it and how you will use it. This month's gift is a VZ-1 HD VGA/USB Dual-Mode Document Camera (affiliate link). It was super easy to set up. I love that it takes up so much less desk space than my old SMART Technologies document camera!
Not everyone wins. Shaun requested one from Ipevo the day after I did, and my wish was granted and his wasn't. :( But, I think it's definitely worth a try if you think you could use one in your classroom! Mine came in the mail today, and I already have it set up. I used it to demonstrate to my students how to play the Traffic Lights game from Nrich that Julie Morgan blogged about.
My Math Concepts students (students not yet ready for Algebra 1) really struggled with understanding the rules of the Traffic Lights game. But, my trig students got really, really into it. We ended up setting up a quick bracket and having a Traffic Lights tournament!