This weekend is the ICTM High School Math Contest State Finals. Friday afternoon I’ll be one of two coaches driving a bus1 of math team students down to U of I. Six students qualified to compete individually. Our 5 person calculator, freshman-sophomore 8 person, and junior-senior 8 person teams qualified too!
It should be a good weekend (although I admit, I detest driving the bus – I’ll be much more relaxed once we get there). Friday evening is always fun – we’ll eat dinner and then just hang out at the hotel. Last year we had “math team family game night”. This year promises to be just as enjoyable. It is one of the senior’s birthdays. A cake has been ordered that says “Happy th Birthday”.
We’re hoping for good weather so we can hang out on the quad Saturday between events. Although we can always check out the math library in Altgeld too.
A couple of years ago2, I told two of the students that it had been one of my favorite places to study when I was there. Their eyes lit up. A whole library, just for math?… and off they went to investigate. I love coaching math team. Kids excited about a math library. Gotta love it. Now one of those “kids” is a college freshman – majoring in math. The other is a college sophomore – he wants to be a math teacher.
Have I mentioned I love coaching math team?
Wish us luck!
1It’s sort of a bus. A mini bus. The kids lovingly refer to them as the ice-cream-trucks.
2 Even though this is my first year teaching, it’s my fourth year coaching the math team.