Students in our class will start receiving a Math Rules! worksheet. These sheets are filled with challenging math problems that call upon many critical thinking skills. Each question is worth a certain number of points, indicated by the number of thumbs up beside the question. The number of points indicates the degree of difficulty of the question. This will be treated as a contest; we will keep a chart in class of the number of points each student receives every week to keep them motivated.
The worksheet will be handed out on the first day of the school week and collected on the last. Giving the students a week to work on it will develop their time-management skills -- doing the whole sheet on a Thursday night won't be fun!
Because Math Rules! is treated as a competition, the work must represent the student's thinking only. If they ask you for help, ask questions that could lead them to figure it out on their own, but do not reveal the answer.