I am one of the four math team coaches for my school1. We have a coach for each level. We’re part of NSML and we also compete in the ICTM Regional Contest. Our “season” runs from the first week of school through March. Unless we qualify for state, in which case we’re on until the end of April (21 students going to state this year – yay!)
As two of our coaches aren’t returning next year2, we’re thinking of restructuring. Some of the issues we’re facing are:
- Recruiting. We aren’t getting our strongest math students. Our numbers seem to be dropping every year.
- Attendance at practice. Let’s face it, these kids are involved in multiple activities. Trying to find a time when everyone can meet makes for an interesting problem in and of itself.
- Structuring practice.
8th grade activities night is next Monday. We’ll be there encouraging kids to join. Next year, I think I’m going to have a few of the more outgoing seniors go into each freshman honors math class to recruit.
I’d love to hear what others are doing with their math teams. How do you get students to participate? When do you practice? How do you structure your practices? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
1 We split the stipend.
2 They’re great and we’re sad to loose lose3 them. They are going part time. Anyone want to help coach next year?
3 Oy. I need to edit before I post. Then again, I didn’t catch it, my trusty aide did. Thanks Andy!