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Recommendations for the First Club Meeting

1. Introduce the Math Club and its goals

2. Invite student input regarding what to do during meetings and what contests to attend

3. Collect student contact information, e.g., e-mail addresses and phone numbers, so you can keep everyone up to date regarding meeting times and contest dates

4. Discuss possible meeting dates and times.

a. Most clubs meet once a week for one to one and one half hours.

b. Is before or after school better? Weekends?

5. Present your expectations for the math club.

6. Let members know that you encourage them to help each other

7. Share snacks

8. Give the math club members some problems to work on

a. Have members explain how they worked the problems.

b. Have a couple of problems that they might not be able to solve and use these to start discussions to learn how to work that type of problem.

c. Or you could give them a pre-test to assess their current abilities

9. Give take-home work. They may receive assistance on this work from parents, teachers, friends, etc. (see sample below).

10. Hand out a schedule of events (see samples below).



Sample materials for the first meeting (based on a MATHCOUNTS® program):

PreTest (PDF, 196 KB)
takehome (PDF, 114 KB)
Schedule (XLS, 16 KB)
Schedule (PDF, 34 KB)