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.
The Curriculum Bursts and companion Curriculum Inspirations Videos listed below demonstrate the concept of perseverance using problems from the AMC contests.
|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|