Making Math Meaningful: A Source Book for Teaching Middle School Math (formerly, A Middle School Math Curriculum).
By Jamie York (An essential resource for use with our workbooks). How to Make Math Meaningful? That is one of the greatest challenges for math teachers – particularly in today’s world! This Waldorf middle school source book for teaching sixth through eighth grades provides a method of teaching that helps develop the whole human being.
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Jamie York’s teaching experiences have brought him to understand that if math is to be meaningful to students, it must have these elements:
|Be Developmentally Appropriate||Challenge the Students|
|Work with Questions||Offer Interesting Material|
|Allow for Depth||Provide the Historical Context|
As a Waldorf math teacher, Jamie realized this type of source book for teachers was greatly needed. Jamie York’s Making Math Meaningful® Source Book for Teaching Middle School Math provides a direct and logical approach to teaching 6th – 8th graders math. Each grade level and topic include numerous examples and explanations.
Includes; A reworking of 7th grade percents unit, major reworking of 7th grade ratios unit. Two new sections for 8th grade, calculating the Area of Four Types of Triangle, calculating the area of a Cone and Pyramid and much more!
6th Grade Waldorf Math. Full explanations for sixth grade skills topics, including:
Fractions, decimals, percents, mental math and math tricks, divisibility, casting out nines, exponents and roots, prime factorization, converting repeating decimals to fractions, and more.
7th Grade Waldorf Math. Full explanations for seventh grade skills topics, including:
The metric system, percents, rates, ratios, irrational numbers, the square root algorithm, basic geometry, and more.
8th Grade Waldorf Math. Full explanations for eighth grade skills topics: including:
Pythagorean Theorem, exponential growth, proportions, area and volume, dimensional analysis (unit conversions), basic algebra skills, and more.
Teachers’ Reviews of: A Source Book for Teaching Middle School Math (formerly called A Middle School Math Curriculum.)
I’ve been teaching many grade levels K-8 over the last ten years in mainstream education (five in Waldorf education) and have had my hands on many math curricula that were adequate in teaching the basic concepts in the different mathematical strands. But I always found that the programs were lacking in creating lasting understanding, enthusiasm and confidence with numbers. I began working with Making Math Meaningful in my fifth grade classroom at Madrone Trail Public Waldorf school in Oregon, and my students and I became so interested in what they might find out about how numbers worked! This carried into the junior high years, where many student who don’t have a natural affinity for numbers often become discouraged and uninterested in math. Through daily practice with the Making Math Meaningful’s workbooks, my students developed an amazing fluency and knack for the nature of numbers. !00% of the my students have met their math benchmarks for our state in 6th and 7th grade. This is only one measure of the efficacy of a math program. Through using this curriculum, my students are more creative in their problem solving and critical thinking, have cultivated good work habits and have come to find that each of them are able to learn the magic of mathematics. Most importantly perhaps, all of my students, regardless of ability, have come face to face with math problems that have challenged them to work and rework until a solution is found, and it is this skill that has helped prepare a group of 8th graders who will begin high school with a strong knowledge of self. They have developed a set of characteristics that will help them push forward when they’re in doubt and start working through an issue that seems to have no solution in sight. Jamie York has managed to prepare a math curriculum that supports the development of the whole child. It can be used by main stream public educators as well as in the Waldorf middle school math classroom, and it has become the must-have element of our school’s very successful math program. Alyssum Barber, Madrone Trail Waldorf Charter School, OR, USA
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