Holland College ‘riddle of the day’ keeps people scratching their heads

Leanna Brown attempts to solve the riddle of the day at Holland College, Charlottetown on April 14. James Kelly photo.
Leanna Brown attempts to solve the riddle of the day at Holland College, Charlottetown on April 14. James Kelly photo.
By James Kelly
April 14, 2014

Tricia Thompson, a staff member at Holland College, wanted to find a way to reach students in a way that had never been tried before at the college.
She decided to put a large drawing pad outside of the student services office. The pad included inspirational quotes and study tips for students to pause and look at during the day.
Unfortunately, no students seemed to be stopping.
Thompson had to think of a new plan.
She started to put up fun facts and even a daily riddle on the drawing pad. After watching how many students stopped to try and figure out the riddle each day, she was surprised.
Thompson still puts riddles up on the pad and watches as students attempt to guess it.
“Students and staff seem to get a kick out of it and I love doing it.”
Thompson tries to incorporate holidays and events into the drawing pad in different ways.
“I try to work the riddles and facts into holidays and events around the college as well. I hid four clovers around the school during St. Patrick’s Day and gave clues on the notepad. I also had a contest to have students guess the amount of Valentine’s candy in a jar and the winner was able to keep the candy. A total of 1,084 candies!”
Holland College student Leanna Brown said she always stops at the daily riddle pad every day in the morning to try and figure it out.
“I enjoy the riddles because they make me think. Either they remind you to look at the bigger picture or to think simply.”
She said it would be even better if it were on SAM so everyone could see it and not just the people who pass the board.
“Some days I don’t even see it and sometimes when I do it isn’t updated.”
Everyone would get to see it online because most programs rely on SAM for due dates, assignments and quizzes, she said.
SAM stands for student achievement manager. It allows students to view assignments, reports, and marks online.

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