Middle School Mathcounts

Do you love math? Do you think math is exciting? Do you “hate” math? Do you think math is boring and useless? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Middle School Mathcounts is for you! Mrs. Vawter is passionate about math and helping students grow in their skills while exploring the joy and beauty of math in our world. This class will make math fun!

Description

  • Teacher/Mentor: Jen Vawter
  • Course Length: 2 semesters Grade
  • Level: 6th – 8th grades
  • When: Period 1
  • Min / Max: Min 4 students / Max 10 students
  • Questions: Email Jen Vawter
  • Cost: $40 per month per student
  • Other Fees: $25 one time registration fee for Math Olympiad
  • Online if SIP: $20 per month per student

Course Description:

Do you love math? Do you think math is exciting? Do you “hate” math? Do you think math is boring and useless? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Middle School Mathcounts is for you! Mrs. Vawter is passionate about math and helping students grow in their skills while exploring the joy and beauty of math in our world. This class will make math fun!

We will be using the MATHCOUNTS National Math Club materials which provide game instructions, math explorations and problem sets that can be enjoyed by students of all skill levels. As a group we will also be completing a project to qualify for “Gold Level” status with MATHCOUNTS.

Once a month students will be participating in Math Olympiad https://www.moems.org/, a five

question competition given over 5 different months. The goal of Math Olympiad participation is:

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
  • To introduce important Mathematical concepts
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving
  • To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
  • To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges

Each week, in addition to other activities, we will tackle one Math Olympiad practice problem in class and one as homework. Stu-dents are encouraged to do their best and share their problem solving strategies – there are many ways to get the same answer! We will learn from each other and encourage each other in our math journey!

Bring to Class:

  • Math binder: 3 ring binder (½ inch is fine), 3 dividers, notebook paper, graph paper
  • Pencil
  • Completed practice problem

Class Expectations:

Students need to be attentive to the lesson and must participate in class activities and discussions. Distractions like cell phones are not allowed in class. We will treat ourselves and others with respect and patience as we persist through sometimes tricky problems. Completion of the weekly homework problem is also required.

Grading and Assessment:

This is a class about exploring the joy, wonder and beauty of math and improving our problem solving skills. Grade recommendations will therefore be given based on the students effort, participation and attitude in class. Final grades will be given by the parent.