Doing Math a lot of students is rarely associated with joy or excitement. This summer's grand experiment is to see if we can make a dent in changing that for a few young minds.
We will have Math for the Problem Solvers camp every afternoon for 8 weeks. This is an individual paced program. We expect to limit to 8-10 students each week and will be guided by 2 instructors. Students can choose to attend 4-6 sessions or all 8 sessions.
I'm guessing some students come to this camp because they want to win Mathcount competition(and I will use Math Olympiad materials to train them). But most may come to this because they want to improve math basic skills. I have two kids who fit into those two categories. There might be a couple who want to do a reset in learning math. For those, building confidence and seeing their own progress become uber important. I'd like to see how we can make a difference in these young lives.
In order to make their learning rewarding, the short term gratification is just as important. These will be the students that will have daily surprises after their rigorous work. So ideally they will be working half of the time and play hard half of the time.
Truth to be told, the ones who work the hardest typically enjoy working the most. Nothing can replace the sheer joy of overcoming some significant challenges on their own, no matter where they are at.
It may sound dreadful to do math the whole summer. But what if they are the only ones that have the privilege to fetch the dragon's egg, hunt the owls outside, tie their wands with dragon's heartstring, and duel against the dark art? And what if they are the ones that shelf the Honeydukes Sweetshop and Weasley Wizard Wheezes Joke Shop, and indulge themselves with a few items while at it?
Summer is when we have freedom to choose who we are destined to become! We are who we can imagine.