So, a few weeks passed. I just realized this morning that we had the final vote on this year’s bracket and I didn’t even post the final bracket match-up!
The final two in this year’s bracket were Wonder and The Lightning Thief. I was expecting Wonder to win, mostly because Mrs. S. had been reading it to the kids. But in something of a landslide, The Lightning Thief prevailed. As I talked with the kids, they had a few theories on how it won:
- Everyone thought everyone else was voting for Wonder so they wanted to vote for The Lightning Thief.
- Book series are more popular, since if you’ve read any of them, you might vote for the first one, while a standalone is just based on its own good or bad characteristics.
- A lot of kids might have seen the The Lightning Thief movie, but the Wonder movie isn’t out yet.
- Action is more popular than everyday stuff.
Who knows what the real reason was? Not me! This was the first year I had a fairly large group of kids who didn’t really fill out their ballots completely throughout the process, either marking only on one match-up or just not doing it at all.
The dynamic in the class was a little different than in the past, and there seemed to be only a handful of kids who really cared about it. I’m hoping that was just THIS year’s group and not a trend. I’m not sure if I’ll be back in 5th grade next year, since there will be a new teacher, and I’m really more connected with others in the building. It makes me a little sad to leave that grade behind, but other opportunities are always opening up, so maybe something good will come of it!