For School - Steps to Implement
Once you registered your school, take a look at the next steps below:
1. Coordinate with the school staff on the math challenge submission process. (i.e. how and where students can submit solutions).
2. Write the content of your school's page. This includes:
- the contact person & email and how to participate. Send this information to firstname.lastname@example.org on a Word doc format.
- when to submit (calendar/schedule). Use this calendar template: mc_schedule_2019-2020_editable.docx. Please edit the due dates (if necessary to meet your school's calendar), and send it back to email@example.com. Please note that only DUE DATES can be edited. Published dates and solution dates are set (non-editable).
3. Promote the program.
- Share the availability of the program to teachers, parents, students through various venues such as newsletter, announcements, email reminders, etc.
- Get PTSA Support. It’s helpful to have PTSA support, especially if you want to have an incentive program as recognition to students who participate in the program. PTSA may be able to provide funds to purchase these prizes.
- Determine prizes, awards or recognition for students. This is optional but highly recommended as it will help entice students to do all challenges.
- You can also simply print certificates for students who completed a set number of challenges.
Tips and Guidelines
About One month prior
Two weeks prior
One week prior
- Send a brief announcement (to the school office, to teachers, to newsletter, to PTSA website) about the first Math Challenge, its due date, and information to students on how to submit their solutions. Provide the link to your school's page.
The week of publication
- Send a request to school office to be included in the morning announcement that the Math Challenge is available online to print/download. Remind students of the Math Challenge due date.
End of the year - two weeks after the last Math Challenge
Below are options for school to recognize students who participated at the program:
- Other ideas that came up if schools do not have budget to give prizes: get shout-out from principal during morning announcement, lunch with the principals, famous mathlete picture (photo taken with 'math bear' or 'math beagle').
- For prizes, Norman Rockwell Elementary had a lottery system for each challenge. 12 qualified entries are picked. I believe they did this so that at least 180 students will get a small prize in the rotation (12 x 15 challenges). Prizes are budgeted and set at the beginning of the school year.
- Rosa Parks and Smith Elementary both graded the students' solutions. It took them sometimes, but they have a couple of volunteers to grade the papers. Rosa Parks gave back each math challenge to students. Smith gave papers back at the end of the program.
- Most schools gave end of the year awards (medals or trophies or certificates). Not all schools give prizes for each challenge.
- Rosa Parks had point system in place instead of asking students to do the minimum requirements of solutions. Students collected points through out the 15 challenges and organizers record those points.
- Alcott Elementary and Wilder Elementary give options to students to submit solutions online using google doc.