Group problem solving for High School pods

MathTreks provides the missing element for your teenagers’ learning experience this fall:  challenging group problem-solving sessions that are facilitated by a professional, experienced, state-certified high school math teacher.  We specialize in complex, applied math problems that are selected to match your groups’ mathematical needs and personal interests.

MathTreks provides the missing element for your teenagers’ learning experience this fall:  challenging group problem-solving sessions that are facilitated by a professional, experienced, state-certified high school math teacher.  We specialize in complex, applied math problems that are selected to match your groups’ mathematical needs and personal interests.

Enrich Any Curriculum

Enrich Any Curriculum

MathTreks is a natural complement for any curriculum.  

After gaining a foundational understanding of a mathematical concept through another source (coursework, textbooks, videos, or tutoring), students transfer their knowledge to solve complex problems that align with their developmental needs and personal preferences. 

Students become more proficient mathematicians and problem-solvers while also deepening their knowledge about a topic of personal interest. 

MathTreks is a natural complement for any curriculum.  

After gaining a foundational understanding of a mathematical concept through another source (coursework, textbooks, videos, or tutoring), students transfer their knowledge to solve complex problems that align with their developmental needs and personal preferences. 

Students become more proficient mathematicians and problem-solvers while also deepening their knowledge about a topic of personal interest. 

Increase Motivation & Problem-Solving Skills

Increase Motivation & Problem-Solving Skills

We focus on cultivating students’ desire to tackle complex math problems by addressing three common challenges:  

  1. A lack of explicit, concrete connection between the math that students are studying in school and their personal interests, such as career paths, music, sports, video gaming, etc. 
  2. Success in solving complex math problems
  3. Insufficient time/expertise from educators to support complex problem-solving

We help teenagers answer their quest to make math relevant to their lives, which is often expressed with the big question:

We focus on cultivating students’ desire to tackle complex math problems by addressing three common challenges:  

  1. A lack of explicit, concrete connection between the math that students are studying in school and their personal interests, such as career paths, music, sports, video gaming, etc. 
  2. Success in solving complex math problems
  3. Insufficient time/expertise from educators to support complex problem-solving

We help teenagers answer their quest to make math relevant to their lives, which is often expressed with the big question:

When am I going to use this math?

When am I going to use this math?

reinforcing cycle

In solving math problems they find personally meaningful, students expand their motivation for learning math and cultivate their capacity for solving challenging problems.  The combination of identifying their own motivators and developing their sense of self-efficacy becomes a virtuous self-reinforcing cycle for propelling students forward in their pursuit of mathematical excellence. 

In solving math problems they find personally meaningful, students expand their motivation for learning math and cultivate their capacity for solving challenging problems.  The combination of identifying their own motivators and developing their sense of self-efficacy becomes a virtuous self-reinforcing cycle for propelling students forward in their pursuit of mathematical excellence. 

Nurtures A Growth Mindset

Nurtures A Growth Mindset

MathTreks cultivates the habits of mind that support problem-solving.  While solving a problem and reflecting on the process, MathTreks teachers encourage students with well-considered questions and observations.  Over time, students begin to internalize the prompting and become more skilled at monitoring their own thinking.

MathTreks cultivates the habits of mind that support problem-solving.  While solving a problem and reflecting on the process, MathTreks teachers encourage students with well-considered questions and observations.  Over time, students begin to internalize the prompting and become more skilled at monitoring their own thinking.

Deepens Conceptual Understanding

Deepens Conceptual Understanding

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Every MathTreks problem is selected to be ‘just-right’ for a pod.  We choose a context that will allow students to transfer their foundational knowledge and skills to a new context.   This is frequently a high-stress point for students because it is where they must figure out how a particular procedure/ algorithm/ information is relevant in a situation with multiple pathways.  In working through this crucial juncture, students develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between multiple ideas and, at times, across disciplines.

Every MathTreks problem is selected to be ‘just-right’ for a pod.  We choose a context that will allow students to transfer their foundational knowledge and skills to a new context.   This is frequently a high-stress point for students because it is where they must figure out how a particular procedure/ algorithm/ information is relevant in a situation with multiple pathways.  In working through this crucial juncture, students develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between multiple ideas and, at times, across disciplines.

Structured, Individualized, Professional Guidance

Structured, Individualized, Professional Guidance

Every MathTreks session is 50 minutes for a reason.  Complex problem-solving demands a considerable amount of cognitive resources, and American students rarely focus on one math problem for an extended period of time. Fifty minutes stretches students’ attention across two problems while giving a definitive end within sight.   This structure allows for MathTreks to easily manage your time and your students’ expectations.  

 

Our sessions are also structured pedagogically.  Every session is rooted in George Polya’s four element framework for problem-solving:  understand the problem, develop and execute a plan, reflect.  The process is frequently non-linear, with students engaging in pathways through the elements as they tackle a problem.  However, each of the four elements has a purpose and orientation to thinking.  This consistent structure allows students to internalize Polya’s highly regarded problem-solving framework and, in so doing, expand their intellectual independence. 

 

MathTreks professional experience as mathematical educators helps students and parents alike.  As experts in supporting students through group problem-solving – an experience, they create an environment that embraces intellectual risks, encourages talking about math, and celebrates the deep sense of joy found in a meaningful accomplishment.   All of our teachers are state-certified in secondary mathematics, have taught in mathematics classrooms for more than three years, and have masters degrees.  They draw upon their extensive professional experience and training to work with parents towards ensuring that students’ learning is progressing at a reasonable pace. 

Every MathTreks session is 30 minutes for a reason.  Complex problem-solving demands a considerable amount of cognitive resources, and American students rarely focus on one math problem for an extended period of time.  A half hour stretches students’ attention while giving a definitive end within sight.   This structure allows for MathTreks to easily manage your time and your students’ expectations.  

 

Our sessions are also structured pedagogically.  Every session is rooted in George Polya’s four element framework for problem-solving:  understand the problem, develop and execute a plan, reflect.  The process is frequently non-linear, with students engaging in pathways through the elements as they tackle a problem.  However, each of the four elements has a purpose and orientation to thinking.  This consistent structure allows students to internalize Polya’s highly regarded problem-solving framework and, in so doing, expand their intellectual independence. 

 

MathTreks professional experience as mathematical educators helps students and parents alike.  As experts in supporting students through group problem-solving – an experience, they create an environment that embraces intellectual risks, encourages talking about math, and celebrates the deep sense of joy found in a meaningful accomplishment.   All of our teachers are state-certified in secondary mathematics, have taught in mathematics classrooms for more than three years, and have masters degrees.  They draw upon their extensive professional experience and training to work with parents towards ensuring that students’ learning is progressing at a reasonable pace. 

Safe Learning Environment

Safe Learning Environment

While all MathTreks sessions happen within a secure virtual learning environment, we take extra steps to ensure you have a safe and reliable learning experience.

  • All of our teachers have passed a background check. 
  • Our remote format means students and teachers are well beyond 6 feet apart.

While all MathTreks sessions happen within a secure virtual learning environment, we take extra steps to ensure you have a safe and reliable learning experience.

  • All of our teachers have passed a background check. 
  • Our remote format means students and teachers are well beyond 6 feet apart.

Flexible, Convenient, Reliable

Flexible, Convenient, Reliable

  • Available 7 days a week.
  • All sessions are online.
  • Students do not need to be in the same room.
  • Parents do not need to be present during a session. 
  • Available 7 days a week.
  • All sessions are online.
  • Students do not need to be in the same room.
  • Parents do not need to be present during a session. 

For Whom Is MathTreks Not A Good Fit?

For Whom Is MathTreks Not A Good Fit?

At this time, there are some pods that may not thrive with MathTreks’ approach.  

  • If there is a wide range of mathematical abilities within one group, the students are better served in smaller groups or individually.
  • Students who experience extreme anxiety in working with unfamiliar adults may not respond well to MathTreks given the limited amount of time with a new teacher.
  • We are unable to serve students with visual impairments at this time because we depend on the virtual whiteboard for communicating ideas.

At this time, there are some pods that may not thrive with MathTreks’ approach.  

  • If there is a wide range of mathematical abilities within one group, the students are better served in smaller groups or individually.
  • Students who experience extreme anxiety in working with unfamiliar adults may not respond well to MathTreks given the limited amount of time with a new teacher.
  • We are unable to serve students with visual impairments at this time because we depend on the virtual whiteboard for communicating ideas.

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Common Questions

Common Questions

Yes, they can be aligned.   While booking, we will ask if you would like the sessions to be standards-aligned.   We will share how the sessions are aligned and tailor our feedback through the lens of the standards.

No.  We have a secure virtual learning environment that includes an interactive whiteboard.  The virtual classrooms are only accessible to those with the class link.

Yes, they can be aligned.   When you book your sessions, we will ask if you would like the sessions to be standards-aligned.   We will share how the sessions are aligned and tailor our feedback through the lens of the standards.

No.  We have a secure virtual learning environment that includes an interactive whiteboard.  The virtual classrooms are only accessible to those with the class link.