Before the Bell
While each day officially begins at 8 a.m., our doors open at 7:45 a.m. Students are warmly greeted, provided with a light breakfast and can participate in any number of optional activities, including playing games such as chess and mancala, going over homework or just plain socializing. The high school teaching assistants (TA’s) meet at 8:00 am with their college instructors (CI’s) to plan out their team’s day.
A half-hour assembly formally begins the day, with “Roll Call” promptly at 8:45 a.m. Assembly serves to create an environment in which academic achievement is celebrated and learning is seen as fun. Every day, accomplishments such as perfect homework scores are publicly recognized, with the majority of students being acknowledged on most days and no student going very long without recognition. Each assembly includes a short inspirational message designed to foster a feeling of love and safety for all participants. Funny skits, musical performances, storytelling, and anything else that our students might find entertaining are also routine parts of what happens in assembly.
Team Time, which follows the assembly, is one hour in duration and is conducted purely under the leadership of the college and high school students. Each team consists of 10 middle school students, led by a college student instructor (CI) and five high school teaching assistants (TAs). Team Time begins with the TAs reviewing the basics with their middle school students (each TA typically works with two middle school students) and in particular, going over the homework due that day. A variety of activities – including team-building activities, work on advanced topics, group problem-solving, and mathematical games – fills out the remainder of the hour. Above all, team time is designed to promote a bonding between students, wherein big brother/big sister relationships between younger and older students are fostered and flourish.
Courses and Curriculum
Every student in Math Corps receives formal instruction in basic mathematics and in advanced topics.
Lunch/Family Meal Day
Students are given a nutritious dining room lunch Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
Thursday is Family Meal Day when students and staff are treated to a pizza picnic.
After Lunch: In the afternoon, the high school students take college-level math classes while the younger learners enjoy special activities and projects.
Students go home at 2:00 pm.
|Breakfast & Meeting||Middle School students (Kids) have breakfast in the cafeteria under the supervision of CAs, and Grade Supervisors CIs and TAs meeting in the Team room- go over homework, skits, suggestions and questions.|
|Assembly||Everyone assemble. Senior staff goes over the rules, and principle of Math Corps. Inspirational quotes/stories are shared by senior staff. Mr. Funny Bones- does his joke of the day. The dean is introduced. Lunch menu and activities are announced. Kids get recognize by CIs for Tens and Stars on their homework|
|Classroom Time||Middle School students (Kids) have class taught by teacher TA- in the room walk around helping out students. Take notes for students who are absent. Sit around your student(s). CI- in the room supervise the TA and the kids.|
|Team Time||TAs help the kids with the homework, check and allow them to correct up to 3 points. If finished, hand it in to the CI who is leading the team-time. Any extra-time should be working on going over incorrect problems on the pre-test-get the check list from CI. Also, check to make sure that all their journals are complete. Journals for TAs and kids is collected on Thursday by CI.|
|Discovery Problem Solving||Middle School students (Kids) have their fun math class with CAs, and CIs and the class is taught by Teacher. TAs are not part of this class.|
|Lunch||Lunch is broken down to 2 sections. The first lunch includes 8th graders, their CIs, and TAs. The 2nd lunch includes 7th, 9th graders and their CIs and TAs. CAs- serve lunch, take kids to the bathroom. Family lunch- everyone eat together: Kids get their food first|
|Algebra I & II | Pre -calculus||TAs take their math class according to what they scored on their placement test. The class is taught by Math Teacher.|
|Journal Time||Kids and TAs write their journals. Cl collected them and turn it in to the grade supervisors at the end of the day.|
|Logic Proof||TAs take college level math class. The class is taught by Math Teacher|
|Activities||Kids have fun afternoon activities: Chess/Board games/Card games, Yoga, Movie/Volleyball. Grade supervisors and teacher supervise the room, CAs help out and interact with the kids. Outdoor activities (Thursday) includes: kick ball, soccer, volleyball, chalk arts, jump rope, hula hoop, badminton and many more.|
|MS Dismissal||Middle School Students dismissed by CAs and Program Coordinator.|
|TA Debriefing||The Dean, Grade Supervisor, and TAs join for a 30 minutes discussion about the camp.|
|Senior Staff & CI Debriefing||The end of the day wrap-up for updates, concerns, and suggestion to improve the camp. Thursday: Family Debriefing- Positive discussion only (TAs, CAs, CIs, senior staff).|