The dangers of having a Spelling Bee just for fun...

I thought I had all my bases covered today. I had been building up the Spelling Bee for a week, saying how fun it was going to be, that it was going to be completely optional, and that we would all support each other no matter what. I had my students doing silent cheers every time someone spelled a word (regardless of whether or not it was spelled correctly). 

Yet...at least three kids in each class ended up crying anyways. In that moment, I realized that no matter how much you stress the fact that it doesn't matter whether you win or lose, sometimes it really DOES matter to someone when they lose.