Making It Happen: Academic Competitions and Contests Part II
Here is the promised “Part II,” a continuation of my post about the guidelines for getting students involved in math contests and competitions. Check out the considerations suggested in my previous blog as they are the basics I follow for both science and math contests and competitive teams.
One thing I would like to mention is the great need to expand our students’ talents in mathematics. In 1980, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) made a bold statement, "The student most neglected in terms of realizing full potential, is the gifted student of mathematics." This suggestion leads me wonder what I am doing to encourage the mathematical talent of those very bright math students in my class. Over the years I have realized that one way I can address the needs of this population is to get these students involved in math-based contests and competitions. Below you will find a list of sites that sponsor or give information on math related opportunities for your high achieving math students.
Online Math League
American Scholastic Mathematics Association
For a more thorough list of opportunities, check out this link: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/AoPS_R_Contests.php
Some of the contests listed above can be conducted on site at your school and results are entered by the sponsoring teacher via the internet. I have had my students participate in the Math League contest with great results. I hope these sites will inspire you to engage your students in pursuing their love of mathematics in more depth by participating in math contests and challenges. A few of the competitions even offer savings bonds and scholarship money to students winning particular events and categories. Good luck!