Mr. Robert Hou is hosting a “math club workshop” on October 10 at 7 pm at the FUSD office located at 4210 Technology Drive. The meeting will be in the Professional Development Center, which is next to the Board Room. This “workshop” is for parents who are interested in starting a Math Club at their own school. Robert will be providing guidance on what he’s done and offer a model for other parents to adopt. He will discuss some math programs that are available and also touch on logistics for launching a Math Club, including facilities and insurance. He will also touch on programs designed for 4th through 8th grade students such as Math Olympiad and the Math League program.
If you are interested to attend or start a Math Club at Mission Valley, please RSVP for this workshop at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JyrpdkAeSFnlkctMNUODkKDdbMbW3GNqIhPXE0fOBkI/viewform
Here’s a statement from Robert about why he started a Math Club and what it takes:
“There are several reasons I started a Math Club instead of something else. Once the Math Club was running, I just needed to show up for one hour a week, and study the math problems while the students were working on them. And then explain the solutions at the end of the meeting. And solutions are provided. Also, you could share the responsibilities for running a Math Club so that you don’t have to be there every week. And the other reason I like Math Club is because it can teach creative thinking. The kids use their math skills to solve problems they haven’t seen before. At first, they can’t solve them, but they can still understand some of the solutions. And then it gets them thinking about using their math abilities in a different way. I’m not trying to only train future mathematicians. This is a useful skill in science, engineering, and in daily life. I am not sure how easy it is to teach creative thinking with the sciences, because at this age, students may not know enough science skills to use them creatively. But they have been learning math since pre-school. They have enough math skills to start using them creatively. You will have to do the work. I can provide you with materials. It isn’t hard, and I know that most of our schools have several parents who are interested in this program. So many of you can work together.”