Naturally Mathematical Challenge
Interested in Naturally Mathematical Challenges?
- Want to stretch you mathematically-able students?
- Want problem solving material for older students to use to develop their skills?
Would you like to check how your students might go with the challenges?
Try before you buy!
A sample challenge for both age-categories sets the scene, by giving you:
- Three problems that have been tested with students to ensure that the problems are age-appropriate.
- Hints that help a team should they get stuck.
- Full solutions that students have produced and which show the STAR model at work.
The sample questions are designed to give you a taste of the problem solving process and the way your students can use it. The full online Challenge experience is interactive, you can ask for help, you’ll see videos of Johnny and Ann explaining solutions and your students can share their ideas.
As your students work on the Sample Challenge, watch and see:
- who bubbles up
- who perseveres
- who is a team player
Student teams worked completely independently on this without any teacher support whatsoever. The hints you sent through proved very helpful partway through the challenge. They were definitely challenged with some of the problems so I encouraged them to write about their difficulties or thoughts in the Reflect On alongside the process they undertook.
The Naturally Mathematical Challenge required a LOT of hard thinking and time to allow different thoughts of what the instructions could mean and how we could go about answering it. Overall, it took a lot of strategies and fiddling to get an answer.
I liked the Naturally Mathematical Challenge because I got to learn more about maths and because I could challenge myself.
I enjoyed the Naturally Mathematical Challenge because you got to work with other people and the questions were really hard.
How does a Naturally Mathematical Challenge work?
Teams or individuals use the Natural Maths STAR model to work on each of the problems that comprise the Challenge.
- Students are encouraged to unpack and think their way into the problems. Yes, hints are provided, but we suggest that you not give them out too soon.
- Students then present an explanation of their solutions to Natural Maths in an electronic format (PDF or link to a private YouTube or Vimeo video).
- Example solutions from students as well as some mathematical feedback form the basis of a videos feedback from Dr. John Baker and Ann Baker to close the Challenge – Solution – Reflection cycle.