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Teaching Mathematics

August 2018
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  • Publisher
    Rudolf Steiner College
  • Published
    27th August 2018
  • ISBN 9780945803843
  • Pages 96 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

In the context of classrooms, mathematics often seems to be a trivial affair of counting and measuring. In itself, however, it has wide-ranging implications. Teachers who dwell on these will be in a position to convey the material to their students in a far more extensive and interesting way than are those who take a more superficial approach.

Mathematics, the science of space and number, is universal and all-embracing. It manifests everywhere, sometimes obvious, sometimes less so. However, like all of nature, it reveals itself to inquiring minds.

At long last, teachers, parents, and, most important, the students in their charge can again benefit from Roy Wilkinson’s insights into teaching mathematics. Here, in his typically concise and complete style, Wilkinson shares the basics of the Waldorf approach to teaching mathematics in grades 1 through 8. Each page is packed with direction, examples, and a world of understanding.

Teaching Mathematics an outstanding resource for anyone who wants to know more about the art of teaching applied to the world of numbers.

C O N T E N T S:

Classes 1 & 2:
From the whole to the parts
Number symbols
Pictorial introduction to the four processes
Number games
Geometry in drawing and movement

Class 3:
Derivation of terms

Class 4:
Ratio and proportion

Class 5:
Families of numbers

Class 6:
Squaring, cubing, square and cube roots
Geometrical figures
Percentage and interest

Class 7:
Golden ratio
Pythagorean theorem

Class 8:
Platonic solids
Algebraic fractions

Roy Wilkinson

Roy Wilkinson (1911– 2007) was an indefatigable teacher of children, lecturer, author, and inspirer of many people in the Waldorf movement in the UK and abroad, right up to his death at the age of 96.