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Shu Ren Students Win Math Contest!

Friday, February 9, 2018

On November 9, two students from Shu Ren International School led by Ms. Jie Moore and Mr. Renjie Yan competed in the semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contest.

Noetic Learning Math Contest is a national mathematics contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.

More than 23,000 students representing 526 schools across the country took part in this fall’s contest. 

The following Shu Ren students are our team winners!

Kali  [Grade 4]

Alia  [Grade 3]  

The following  Shu Ren students received National Honorable Mention. This title is awarded to approximately the top 50% of participating mathletes.

Kali  [Grade 4]

Congratulations to all the winners! The contest results demonstrate our students’ great problem solving skills and math talents. They also show that our students can rise to the occasion and can meet the challenge.

More About Shu Ren Math Club
After talking to some teachers and parents we realize there is an interest in providing more opportunities for our students to explore challenging math. In Math Club, we aim to help students develop an understanding of the process involved in solving math problems. Although students are differentiated by grade levels, they learn to  work collaboratively with one another to solve problems. During our time together we work on writing, analyzing, and solving math problems. As students develop stronger problem solving skills, we encourage them to participate in math competitions in Fall and Spring organized by Noetic Learning.

1. Ideal Club Members

G2-6 students, a max of 10 students

Students who have strong math skills for their grade level, love math and problem solving, and want to go to a higher level.  This is not a remedial math class.

Students nominated by teachers or parents to be a member of the team

2. Format

  • The next session will begin February 14 to June 6 on Tuesdays, 3:10-4:00pm
  • We may provide an initial assessment of students who sign up to ensure a good fit
  • Students will build math skills by utilizing the Noetic learning resources (http://www.noetic-learning.com/gifted/index.jsp)
  • The club will participate in math contests twice a year (November and April, http://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest/index.jsp).  This spring's test is on April 6.
  • The math problems will be primary in English from Noetic Learning but there would be Chinese materials as well.  We will be using both English and Chinese in our meeting.
  • We hope to make this a long-term part of our after-school program for Shu Ren.

3. Team leader and advisors

  • Jie is the current Team Leader and our Grade 3/4 Chinese teacher Mr. Jerry will be another advisor. 
  • Advisors are teachers, administrators or parents who love math themselves and are willing to volunteer to develop our students' love and passion for math.
  • The role of advisors is to work with students in small groups to solve problems in their weekly assignments provided by Challenge Math Online at Noetic Learning. 

4. Agreement

  • We want to see a strong commitment from the students and from advisors to meet weekly.  
  • The best way to learn math is by solving problems. Lots and lots of problems and so we want club members mentally prepared to be challenged.  They should not be afraid of not knowing the answer or making mistakes.
  • The goals are to learn skills & strategies to solve math problems; develop passion and love for math and demonstrate commitment to challenge himself/herself.  The focus is not on comparing test scores or compares how many problems one can solve.