Losing friends

Now, this is really sad news.

From Zynga

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What?  You’ve never heard of these “with friends” games?  I hadn’t either until a friend engaged me with them.  They’re cute little games to play against a, well, friend.

It’s too bad to hear this news.  None of them are too time consuming but there’s a great deal of strategy involved and they’re a little fun for me first thing in the morning.

But, in the big Zynga scheme of things, they’re not their Flagship products.  Two that come to mind would be Words with Friends and Farmville although they have a huge collection of games.

I’m guessing that the shutdown is a business decision.  There may not be enough players purchasing the games or the powerups to make it financially worthwhile continuing.  They’re just not the Flagship products.

It made me think of the parallel to education and teaching.  We all have various tools in our arsenals.  There are some that you bring out every now and again and then there are those Flagship things that you do and always will.  You know the ones – they’re enduring and have the highest value to your students and your classrooms.  You’ll never let them go.

Here’s your call to action – what are your Flagship tools or techniques?  The non-negotiable ones.  The ones that you’ll always have.  I’d like to read about them in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Losing friends”

  1. Doug, your question is really making me think this morning. Maybe it’s because I’ve switched grades and positions so many times, and am now teaching a grade with a fairly new program document, that I feel as though I don’t have very many of these flagship tools or techniques. Right now, the only one that comes to mind, is my use of transitional times by playing quick subitizing activities (largely with our fingers) and phonological awareness games (with links to reading and writing). I hate wasted time, and for our youngest learners, these quick activities really help them as they later explore math and literacy skills in different ways through play.

    I’m hoping now that others will chime in with comments, and maybe I’ll be inspired to think of other flagship techniques.

    Aviva

  2. As a kindergarten teacher, my flagship technique that I couldn’t live without would be music. We had songs for lining up, songs for walking down the hall, songs for clean up time, songs that we would sing while waiting, songs for just about everything. Songs that taught vocabulary, math, literacy, science and more. It’s much more fun and engaging to sing that to ‘nag.’ The great thing about teaching kindergarten is that the students were completely unaware that I can’t carry a tune. When I left kindergarten to teach another grade, I didn’t use music nearly as much for my classroom routines and I missed it. It took me awhile to find ways to incorporate music into my program in a way that felt right. My grade threes learned the water cycle, the provinces of Canada, and lots of other fun facts through music.

  3. Love your comment about music, Lisa! Now that you say that, I can definitely see this as a flagship technique. I think my teaching partner and I sing just about everything. I was on duty in the primary hallway the other day, and started to sing instructions to the Grade 3’s. Oops! Old habits die hard. 🙂

    Aviva

  4. Oh….lisa, I so wish you hadn’t mentioned the provinces of Canada! Now you know what’s stuck in my brain….that and “I’ve got Canada in my pocket” . Aaagh! It’s proof that the technique works, I guess….I would say that Twitter is a flagship for me – being able to use a transition to pull up the pop sci or pop mech feed and find something new to intrigue my hands-on “gearheads”.

    And yeah, of course, music….and having a great read-aloud on the go.

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