Problem of the Month

Dear Chester Families,

As the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you. Because of your continued encouragement, a growing number of students took up the challenge of attempting the Problem of the Month each month. They felt safe making mistakes and persevered, sometimes trying three or four times, as they worked through these tricky problems. Their willingness to rethink their strategies and hone their thinking has undoubtedly helped them grow as critical thinkers and problem solvers. Next week, please check back for a Summer Math Challenge aimed to keep your child(ren) engaged in mathematical thinking and avoid the summer slide! With that, here's information regarding the last Problem of the Month of the year. Enjoy!

June 2018

Measurement the Focus for the Last Problem of the Month of the Year!

Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement as you ask about and support your child in solving the Problem of the Month! This month’s challenges come from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and relate to Measurement, a domain of the Common Core Standards in Mathematics. There are only two different challenges this month outlined above. Please remember the age ranges are merely suggestions as students can attempt any version, or all, if they so choose.

Please help us encourage a growth mindset in your child by asking about the Problems of the Month. If you see your child attempting one of these challenges, feel free to ask guiding questions, share problem-solving strategies or help with organizing their thinking but please resist the urge to help him/her solve it. Whether or not the right answer is found is not necessarily the point, it is all about the process! Our intention is to provide opportunities for our students to see themselves as critical thinkers and problem-solvers by helping them connect and apply what they are learning in their classrooms to novel, real-world situations and to learn to persevere in solving them independently.

All entrants will receive a cool math pencil and a shout-out on the morning broadcast at the end of the month. Students who submit a correct solution to a problem associated with their grade-level or higher will also be eligible to have their names drawn live on the morning broadcast to receive a free item of their choosing from the CES School Store!

Please direct your child to submit his/her solution(s) to the Math Mailbox. The mailbox and Problem of the Month display can be found just around the corner from the new fish tank in the main hallway, on the right hand side, just before the library. Each classroom teacher will be given a full set of these problems to increase access, especially for students in the primary grades.

If you have any questions about the Problem of the Month, including to request a copy, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Your Partner in Education,

Brian Kalkreuth Math Coach Chester Elementary School