On September 6th, despite a huge rainstorm, our Middle School Math team hosted more than 70 parents and students for our annual Math Night from 5:00-6:30 in the Hall of Peace. Parents were given a glimpse into our Math classes via examples and Math problems. Our Math department believes that everyone can learn and make sense of math, that the process and explanation are as important as the answer, that number sense is the foundation of math learning and that mistakes are an essential part of the learning journey. At the end of the session, parents were given an opportunity to work on some individual math problems with their child at tables around the room. It was a fun, informative session and we appreciate our math teachers in the Middle School! A big thanks to Mr. Fumi, Ms. Naggea, Dr. Markwell, Ms. Wood, Ms. Cornwell and Ms. Tuli who have been integral parts in developing our program! AES Middle School is so fortunate.
A dozen Grade 6 Math students had the opportunity to spend Pi day(3/14) at the US embassy. The embassy invited students from a local school in Gurgaon, supported by the American Welcome Association, to participate in several activities involving pi with our students from AES. There were lots of people on hand to help the students with the activities and of course, everyone had a chance to eat pie!! A big shout out to Ms. Wood and Ms Tewary for accompanying the students and to Stewart Davis from the embassy for inviting and coordinating the visit!! See the photos below and also check out this link for officials photos from the embassy!
Our incredible Math department each year hosts a Family Math Night. This year over 40 parents and their students gathered in the Hall of Peace to hear about Math Number talks and other strategies used in our Math program. Great for parents to get a glimpse of what is happening in our Math classrooms in the Middle School. Parents and students also had an opportunity to work on Math problems around the HOP, facilitated by our Middle School Math teachers. A big thanks to Mr. Fumi, Mr. Babcock, Ms. Naggea, Mr. Taub and Ms. Wood for their time effort and planning of this successful event!
The AES Middle School Math Team, parents and students enjoyed a wonderful ‘Family Math Night‘ on Tuesday, September 6th. Students and parents had fun opportunities for their brains to grow as they engaged in puzzling about math together.
“The researchers found that when students were given problems to solve, and they did not know methods to solve them, but they were given opportunity to explore the problems, they became curious, and their brains were primed to learn new methods, so that when teachers taught the methods, students paid greater attention to them and were more motivated to learn them. The researchers published their results with the title “A Time for Telling,” and they argued that the question is not “Should we tell or explain methods?” but “When is the best time do this?”
― Jo Boaler, Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching
― Jo Boaler, What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success
Mr. Fumi tasked his 8th grade math students with the cup stacking challenge this morning. Given a couple of white styrofoam cups, students first shared: What do you notice? What do you wonder? They then needed to figure out how many cups would need to be stacked to reach Mr. Fumi’s height. Students are studying linear relationships and rate of change, and this example is a fun way to explore these concepts.
On the first day of math class, our sixth grade students in Mr. Amlani’s and Mr. Smith’s classes took part in the Marshmallow Challenge. This was an activity for students to come together and create a free standing structure with 20 pieces of uncooked spaghetti, 1 yard of masking tape, 1 yard of string, and a Marshmallow in only 18 minutes! As the students learned, the exercise really reveals some deep lessons and the importance of collaboration. Here some shots of the students on action:
And here is a great Ted Talk that discusses the value of this exercise:
Our teachers are available to help students before and after school. Each teacher schedules office hours twice a week and students can stop in and ask questions, work on assessments and get extra help.
Congratulations to our traveling MathCounts 2016 teams! Our mathletes represented AES well at our recent chapter competition in Dubai. Kargil Behl, grade 6, took top honors as the highest scoring individual overall. Kargil battled face to face in a “sudden death” competition to win his individual gold medal. Our Black and Gold teams also took 3rd place and 6th place out of 15 competing teams.
In addition to a weekend filled with Mathematics, we explored the Dubai Mall, saw the Burj Khalifa, made new friends,and spent time enjoying the sunshine at The Beach, Jumeirah. As one participant commented, “This trip was about a lot more than Math!” We are looking forward to the written State Competition to be given in March. The top scoring four individuals from all international state-department sponsored schools will form the State Department team and participate in the National Mathcounts Competition in Washington, DC in early May.
Thank you to all the families that came to our AES Annual Family Math Night. The MS math department loved watching you puzzle and play with math (even when your time was up!).
We know that some of you are on the edge of your seats for the answers to the Locker Problem:
All of the square number lockers are open. These numbers all have an odd number of factors, i.e. 4 has 3 factors, 1,2, 4 so they end up open. There is also a pattern to be found, between the square numbers the amount of closed lockers increases by 2. Between 1 and 4 there are 3 closed lockers, between 4 and 9 there are 5, and on it goes.
Additionally, here’s the link to the Math Practices along with questions to ask for each standard to promote mathematical thinking.
This year, I got the chance to attend the 2015 National MATHCOUNTS Competition that took place in Boston. 224 kids from around the world were invited to this event. I was part of the State Department team, which was composed of me, Rohan from Singapore, Jason from Hong Kong, and Joseph from Taiwan. Mr. Davis from Hong Kong was our coach. I arrived a day early and met Rohan first, and had dinner with him before my teammates arrived. I roomed with Joseph, the 7th grader from Taiwan. Although we were there for four days in total, the math competition part only took one day, and that definitely was not the best part of this trip. We got to explore Boston, like take a tour of Harvard and go to the Science Museum, and ate good food at Quincy Market. But I think that the best part of this trip was meeting all the cool people there and bonding with my team. I got to meet many MATHCOUNTS celebrities like Lou DiGioia and Richard Rusczyk, who most of you probably have no idea who these people are. I also traded state pins with almost all 50 states, plus 6 other teams invited to Nationals. Another awesome thing was all of the swag we got from MATHCOUNTS – a heat sensitive pencil, a hat, shades, a water bottle, earphones, and the most awesome of all- a TI-Nspire CX CAS! As for the actual competition, Kevin Liu from Illinois won the tournament, our team placed 41th out of 56, and individually I placed 174th out of 224. But that’s not what really matters in this tournament. I think that the experience of being in a place where there are 223 other people that share the same passion that you have for math is a life changing experience, that lets you make so many memories.
Written by: Shawn Lee