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Coaching math team

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From: Suzanne (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Nov 14, 1998 at 18:02:23
Subject: Re: Coaching math team

Michele, You might want to think of this year as a learning experience. Do you know what competition you will be involved with -- MathCounts, Math Olympiads, or...? It would be very helpful to find out what area schools might also be participating and talk with the sponsors there. Coaching a math team can be a lot of fun, but it is also a lot of work. The grade level that you work with makes a difference too. At our school we have MathCounts for our eighth graders. It is hard to find practice times because the students that want to participate are in many activities. The fifth graders do Math Olympiads and we meet weekly after school for 45 minutes. We split our time between math games and practicing problems from old contests. It seems to work well with the younger students to meet on a regular basis as they are not yet involved in other activities. It is important to incorporate the games and more fun kinds of things to keep them motivated. You can benefit most from other teachers in your area who do this type of activity. -Suzanne, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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