Math Success at Windham Center School
Math Success is an intervention-tutoring program offered to students who would benefit from additional direct instruction in mathematics. In a small group setting, certified teachers reinforce and supplement the regular classroom instruction. Selection for this program is determined by teacher recommendation, classroom assessments, and/or standardized testing.
Math Success focuses on teaching students strategies to become better problem solvers as well as to master basic mathematics skills. The goal of this program is to allow struggling students to become more successful in the classroom, increase their self-confidence and participation, and give them skills to become more independent. Intervention is primarily “push-in” meaning that staff come into the classroom to provide support so that students are in the same learning community as their classmates. Students complete the same work as their classmates, but may work with more math manipulatives to give them a more hands-on approach to learning mathematics. By working in smaller groups using a direct instruction model students receive more personalized instruction based on their unique needs and work towards meeting individual goals set based on their current level of mastery.
-Allie Hartnett, Math Success Tutor
Check out the Math Olympiads
Math Olympiads is a math team for 4th and 5th grade students starting this year for the very first time at Center School. This program is geared toward students who enjoy math and would like the opportunity for an extra challenge. Students who join practice weekly before school and compete individually in 5 contests throughout the year (all held at Center School) that feature 5 challenging problems each.
Math Olympiads is a contest that started back in 1977 and has grown so much that last year there were 150,000 participants consisting of 6,000 teams from 49 states and 30 countries worldwide. Just like students at Center School, students all over the world practice weekly and compete in 5 contests throughout the year, held at their own school. After each competition student scores are entered online so that their scores go against all worldwide participants.
The goals of Math Olympiads include the following:
- To inspire enthusiasm and a love for math
- To learn about new concepts that might not be covered in the classroom
- To teach problem solving strategies
- To develop flexibility in problem solving
- To foster creativity
- To provide satisfaction, joy and thrill of meeting challenges
This program runs from late September to mid March. Center School competes in Division E which is a division for grades 4-6.
-Allie Hartnett, Math Success Tutor and Math Olympiad "PICO"