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Perseverance is Key

What impression do we give students of the mathematical pursuit? Answers are pre-known (they are at the back of the book or in the teacher's mind), all can be accomplished in a fixed amount of time (quizzes and exams are usually timed) and the goal is to follow a pre-set intellectual path (as dictated by a curriculum). Open research and problem-solving tasks, on the other hand, usually possesses none of these features! Persistence and perseverance are key skills absolutely vital for any success in original intellectual endeavors. Read the strategy essay and then explore the Curriculum Burst practice examples from the MAA AMC.

"Perseverance is Key" Strategy Essay #7 (pdf)


Curriculum Bursts

Angles in a Star (pdf) Watch the Video
Focus and Directrix (pdf) Watch the Video
Coloring a Pentagon (pdf) Watch the Video
The Sum of the Ends (pdf) Watch the Video
Counting Evens (pdf) Watch the Video
A Random Sequence (pdf) Watch the Video