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I've discovered that my practice countdown rounds look much nicer when I chromecast them to the TV. But I need the powerpoint versions (or similar presentation formats) of these documents, not the pdfs I already have. Does anyone know how I can locate these files?
I graduated a few students from my MC team last year, and added 2 girls in 8th grade and 2 boys in 6th grade. The 8th graders were both taking pre-calculus, so I was optimistic about having some strong math students on the team. So I gave the students a placement test to see who would be the top four students to participate in Team Round, and my 2 new 6th graders earned scores well above the 8th graders. I believe the difference is that my 8th grade gals were recently pulled from regular school to homeschool and did not have much problem solving experience. Their learning was accelerated, but not necessarily deep. In contrast, both 6th grade boys had experience with math competitions in elementary school and were both homeschooled. My sense is that many students in regular schools don't get the opportunity to participate in math competitions. It calls to mind my own first experience with math competition, which didn't happen until 9th grade. It took 2 years of flailing on the AHSMEs (and monthly practice AHSMEs) before I gained the confidence to solve harder problems. I'm lucky that taking the AHSME was pretty much required in my math classes, so I had no choice but to keep participating despite months of disappointing scores. I'm keeping my fingers cross for these 8th grade girls, that they stick with it and improve this year.
DS noticed and started using the mathcounts trainer today (http://artofproblemsolving.com/mathcounts_trainer/) and loves it. Not sure if this is new or not. Would like to know if anyone else has used it and how do they like it. Also are there are other similar trainers out there??