The beginning of abstract thinking. Seventh grade is an important year academically. This is the year when the students start to develop abstract thinking (through algebra, physics, essay writing, etc.), and when study habits are developed. Getting homework done regularly (even in small amounts), and keeping a well-organized notebook, are both very important. It is relatively common for a student to enter seventh grade weak in math, but then to “wake-up” during seventh grade, and, in the end, to enter high school quite strong in math. This Teacher’s Edition contains answer keys!
What is the intention of this workbook? The sheets found in this workbook are designed for use as homework assignments during the 7th grade year. The whole thing emerges from a carefully thought out, developmentally-based math curriculum, which is fully described in my book, Making Math Meaningful – A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents, a book that makes available the material I have discovered and developed while teaching middle school math for several years in a Waldorf school. This material is both exciting and age-appropriate for developing the minds of this age group. It is an alternative to the normal “they-need-all-this-stuff-in-order-to-stay-ahead” approach.
Required reading. It is necessary to read Making Math Meaningful – A Middle School Math Curriculum for Teachers and Parents in order to fully understand the material in this workbook. Teacher’s Guides and Student Workbooks are also available for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.
Who can use this workbook? While most of my teaching experience is within the Waldorf school system, this workbook, as well as my whole math curriculum, can be effectively used by any teacher wishing to bring meaningful, age-appropriate material to their students.
Jamie York Press, 132 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″