Once a week, this group of students gets to school an hour early to practice more difficult, algebra-based word problems, some even without a calculator. Pretty standard practice schedule, right?
Well, this practice schedule was requested by the student Mathletes — for a competition that is still 5 whole months away!
Math instructor and Mathlete coach Danielle Condon is excited — both for the competition itself and for the dedication that the students are showing by sharpening their skills well in advance of the competition. Says Ms. Condon, “These students believe that ‘the early bird gets the worm,’ and I’m so proud of them and their work ethic.”
One Mathlete took some time from working with numbers to be a guest blogger. Mathlete Jasmine has this to say about being a student Mathlete:
The Life of Being a Mathlete.jasmine jones – mathlete
You have to have dedication to math. You have to keep trying when things get hard, you can’t just give up. I enjoy my challenges because they help me to grow. Just like an athlete, if you don’t try then you’re not going to get anywhere in life.
Another thing that you have to do as a Mathlete is to practice practice practice!!! Just like athletes, you have to practice to be good at what you’re doing. I practice so much that I come here (Propel McKeesport) every Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. to practice for the competition coming up.
The competition is really tough and you have to really know your math to win. If athletes didn’t know their plays, how are they going to win the game? Similarly, as Mathletes if we don’t know math then we will not win. Finally this is the life of being a Mathlete and you might think it’s easy but it’s really harder than you think.