Middle School MATH
The Waldorf Curriculum includes developmental stages for learning mathematics. The elementary grade levels are a time for students to play with numbers and develop a love of math. In 5th and 6th grades, students consolidate the skills introduced earlier (such as fractions and long multiplication). In grades 7th and 8th the algebraic “real math” begins as they learn to think more abstractly. Now middle schooler’s thinking explodes as they learn to think more logically and critically, and engage deeply in problem solving.
Middle School Youth Needs
As children approach adolescence their emotion life expands in many ways. Mathematics can offer an important support in this stage: subjective opinions are not required! Mathematical certainty allow the 6th grader to learn self-confidence and gain trust in intellectual thought processes!
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. —Albert Einstein
Math Research & Innovations
What does a growth mindset around math look like? It means being open to the curiosity of math rather than seeing it just as computation. Students in our middle school remember that mistakes are important, taking work risks in a safe learning environment that welcomes see the benefit of using visual models, understand that speed is not their focus but deep thinking is!
Jo Boaler, Stanford University, explains why mathematics can be so traumatic for many people and shows a different way that people can relate to mathematics. She also shares the latest brain science to show the ways our brains process mathematics, the importance of visual learning and the importance of self belief to our learning and our experiences.