Making Math Meaningful: A Source Book for Teaching Middle School

Middle School Source Book 3D (Medium)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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8.5′ x 11′, 192 pages, illustrated, Soft-cover.
ISBN 978-1-938210-00-6

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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

I am just completing my third Waldorf class teaching cycle and have used the Making Math Meaningful curriculum guides and workbooks for this cycle. My present eighth graders have mathematical thinking skills and basic arithmetic skills that surpass my former two classes. The grades six, seven, eight workbooks are challenging for me as a class teacher and definitely for my students, but it is a delight to experience the students’ enthusiasm when they “get it” with a new concept or remember a solution method from a previous year. I taught using more main stream math textbooks in my previous classes and, while my students went on to be solid high school and college math students, they did not show the level of creative and confident mathematical problem solving that my present class has. As an experienced Waldorf math teacher, Jamie York shows a deep understanding of when and how to introduce age-appropriate material and leads the teacher through the introduction of the pedagogical basis of each theme. He avoids the possible over-emphasis on teaching students math procedural skills and encourages teaching slowly and thoroughly so that students deeply absorb the material. And by helping a math or class teacher show how math is a fascinating, creative, yet quite achievable endeavor, Mr. York has helped me develop students who are on the path to becoming imaginative, analytical thinkers in high school.
Nancy Pierce, Portland, OR, USA


I’m a 6th Grade Teacher and my students worked with your workbook this year, and I took many inspirations from your Middle School Curriculum Guide. I just wanted to let you know what a fabulous, positive experience it was. I think I found myself in that “difficult middle school spot” that teachers can get into. Parents wonder if what the class teacher offers is “enough” and how they will ever “learn” to use worksheets and such. My students have always been enthusiastic mathematicians. They loved working with the book, which we completed and are reviewing now during the past few weeks of school. I’m looking forward to using your workbooks for 7th grade as well.
Claudia Thomas, Richmond, VA, USA

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