Classroom Considerations

32 pg ContigKey Questions to Consider for Classroom Use

How large is your classroom?
This directly relates to the size of game set you will need to purchase.

When will you (and parent assistants) attend the training presented by the Pentathlon Institute?
The Pentathlon Institute provides training to optimize the instructional use of the program (prerequisites, curriculum, and assessment connections).  These trainings take place from August-October.  Two types of training are available: Evening Orientations and more in-depth Saturday Workshops.  See the Training Overview Section for more information.

Where are your students going to learn the games?
You will need to have flat-top tables or level desks on which to play the games.
Make sure the location you select can easily support the size you are targeting.
Suggested locations include: Classroom, Media Center/Library, Cafeteria

How much time should a teacher allot for each lesson?
To implement the program successfully a teacher would follow the Guide for Teaching and Sequencing the Math Pentathlon Program that includes lessons out of Adventures in Problem Solving and Investigation Exercises. The lessons are about 1 hour in length.

How much funding is needed for the first year of implementation?
To answer this question you will need to refer to the Essential Materials & Resources Page
Note: Materials (Games and Professional Manuals) are non-consumable which means once you purchase an item, that item can be used for many years.

What unexpected charges may my classroom incur?
Lamination ~ Although the boards come with a protective coat, many teachers laminate them for extra protection.
Minimal Copying ~ Some lessons out of teaching resources require copying. Like the gameboards, many of the copies can be used for many years.
Supplies ~ Extra scratch paper, scissors, pencils, markers, etc.
Tournament Fee ~ If you are wanting some or all of your students to go to a National Math Pentathlon Academic Tournament this fee is usually covered by the parents or PTA/PTO.