A PentathleteTM Defined

The term Pentathlete refers to a student who is knowledgeable in playing all 5 games within a Division and strives to learn a variety of Math Pentathlon game strategies. Another key attribute of being a Pentathlete is the development of a positive mathematical disposition.  This spirit goes far beyond a positive attitude about mathematics. It involves how students approach problems. Characteristics of a positive mathematical disposition include persistence, flexibility in investigating different options, self-confidence, and inventiveness.  In addition, Pentathletes work cooperatively to help others improve their game strategies. In doing so, these learners begin to appreciate the many talents of others. One observable sign of a Pentathlete’s development of a positive mathematical disposition is the ability to wish an opponent good luck before a game and congratulate an opponent on a game well played after a game regardless of the outcome.

The Pentathlon Institute is dedicated to providing students with rich mathematical experiences based on current research and best educational practices. In this effort we wish to help people recognize the importance of higher-level mathematical thinking. These individuals may then promote Mathpeace.   Mathpeace is a term coined by the Pentathlon Institute. It is defined as the thought processes and positive mathematical disposition that enables an individual to: 1) accept the challenges of higher-level problems without fear; 2) have the confidence to try several different strategies to resolve problems; 3) feel comfortable in cooperating with others to resolve or formulate problems; 4) have the serenity of mind to know that if a solution for a problem does not readily appear, the problem may help us observe other critical attributes of the problem, investigate new problem-solving strategies, or generally help in altering the way we think about solving problems; and 5) invent or create new problem-solving experiences. The Mathematics Pentathlon® Program was designed to attain these goals.

Parents and teachers often comment on the many positive character traits that students develop beyond cognitive growth due to their involvement in the Mathematics Pentathlon® Program and Tournament.  To get a better insight into these character traits see the Character Development and Testimonial Pages.