|Math is a course in school, and math means
homework and boredom and drudgery, right? Well, not exactly. At Newton's
Window, we've got another idea.
We put a great challenge for
all students or families to try in each and every issue (free!) of our Newton's Window Newsletter of Learning Tools and Tips. Read
it, try it, and send us your response. You could win a great little prize, or a
great big prize. Teachers, encourage your class to try and send in their
responses. Parents, encourage your kids to try, and send in their responses. You can
try it too! Winners can be any age!
And we have put some great challenges, here on the
WIndow Great Math ChallengeS...
We've compiled a bunch of excursions for you to help you discover
the math beyond your textbooks, and help you deepen the learning of the math within your
textbooks. ( The answers to one challenge are at the bottom of the next).
Whatever your math knowledge, whatever your level, try them. They are designed to
get you thinking ...
reinforce math skills and ideas...
expand on what you learn in school ....
give parents and kids things to explore together...
and make you tough.
Parents and teachers,
encourage your kids to give these a try. Just as we take them to concerts and
museums and ball games and library programs, let them see there's more to math than
Try the Challenges with your kids. Don't worry if you
don't remember any math, or don't have a clue..... If your kids have to lead the
way, they won't mind a bit.
One important thing to remember about math
problems: they are supposed to get you thinking. They're not supposed to
just jump out at you, or be derived from following a few steps. Kids need practice
thinking. They need to know that thinking takes time. They need to learn not
to give up when it doesn't come easily. The greatest thing you can teach them is to
'hang in there,' and keep thinking. Let them know - let them know - let them know
that this is the way of mathematics. And that now they're doing MATH.
Have some puzzlers that you like, some challenges that really got
you thinking, that you'd like to share with us? Please send them to us, and we'll post them
so our readers can give them a try...
(bookmark this page and come again and again!)
Math is tough.
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You could win some cool stuff, and you WILL get a
whole lot smarter.
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