For Teachers

MATHCOUNTS teams are coached by math teachers or, in some cases, volunteers who work with teachers to coach a team. Coaching a  team not only helps students by stimulating interest in mathematics, it also provides tangible benefits for a coach:

  • Coaching helps to keep mathematical skills sharp and provides creative problem-solving challenges.
  • Coaching provides access to non-routine problems that can also be used in class.
  • Coaching a team and attending a local competition help develop a strong network of colleagues.
  • Coaching provides a sense of accomplishment as students progress in math.
  • Coaching is an opportunity to work with students who are excited about mathematics.
  • Coaching brings recognition to a school through participation in a local academic competition.

MATHCOUNTS programs

1. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics.

The competitions start in February with Chapter Meets. Winners of those competition proceed to the State Meet, held in mid-March. The four top scorers in the State Competition form the State Team which goes on to represent Minnesota and compete in the National Finals held in early May.

2. The National Math Club is a fun, challenging and FREE program aimed at engaging a wide spectrum of students. The Club Program provides schools with the structure and activities to hold regular meetings of a math club. Depending on the level of student and teacher involvement, a school may receive a recognition plaque or banner and be entered into drawings for prizes. > Find out more

3. Math Video Challenge is an innovative program involving teams of students using cutting-edge technology to create videos about math problems and their associated concepts.This new competition is meant to excite students about math while allowing them to hone their creativity and communication skills. Students will form teams consisting of four students each to create a video based on one of the problems included in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. Each video must teach the solution to the selected math problem as well as demonstrate the real-world application of the math concept used in the problem. > Find out more