A number of students in grades 5-8 at Pythagoras Academy participated in Math Challenge Projects this school year. One of the projects, Refreshing Refreshments by Megan and Harley in grade 6, used their everyday math knowledge and combined it with basic business principles to a surprisingly successful effect. The children had fun and experienced practicing organizational and communication skills, and were inspired to continue exploring the field of mathematics.

We value hands-on, collaborative and interactive learning at Pythagoras Academy. The grade 6, 7 and 8 classes often work together in an activity that we call ‘Math Benders’. Based on ideas from Peter Liljedahl’s “Building the Thinking Classroom in Mathematics”, we work on number sense, communication and computational flexibility by tackling rich, open-ended questions in small mixed groups.