Gifted children are often visual, conceptual learners who intuitively understand math concepts well beyond their years, although their ability to write numerals or memorize math facts may be average or lower.
Every Friday at Helios, we feature Math Circles, which are complex, open-ended math challenges that students solve as a group. They work together to define mathematical questions, notice patterns and test solutions, often discovering multiple approaches to the same problem. Students are doing the real world work of mathematicians; beyond writing and solving symbolic math problems, they generalize, prove, and investigate unusual mathematical questions. This type of problem solving is particularly compelling for gifted learners. While many schools in the Bay Area offer a version of a Math Circle as an enrichment activity, Helios includes it in the regular curriculum.
"We see Math as a joyous art - not just a calculation"
- Linda Zadik, Assistant Head of School