Math 7-9

Math 7-9

Understanding the factors that impact math and how they interact can help you build tools and lessons to help all learners become successful mathematicians.


Our Learner Factors

See how these critical variables that impact learning success connect to create a whole picture of each learner. Then explore these connections to design tools and lessons that increase supports for learner variability.

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Strategies for Learning

You have a wide variety of learners, and we can help you support them. Explore our extensive collection of research-based strategies, learn which Factors each supports, and get inspired by examples of the strategies in products and lessons.

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The goal of secondary math is for students to continue to learn to reason abstractly and construct arguments using math. Each learner builds their math knowledge, including skills for Geometric Reasoning and Statistical Reasoning, and begins to use this knowledge to model the world. As adolescents, students should develop strong Social Supports and relationships and build their Math Mindsets in order to persist through challenges and become successful mathematicians.

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How Do Students Become Successful Mathematicians?

The goal of secondary math is for students to continue to learn to reason abstractly and construct arguments using math.

  • Students develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and apply their Reasoning to make connections among and expand their expertise in math disciplines including Geometric Reasoning and Statistical Reasoning.
  • As students’ social circles and Math Learning Environment increasingly include peers, they continue to develop their math identities and use Math Communication to flexibly engage and make mathematical arguments.
  • With adolescence, student’s Physical Well-being becomes closely linked to their learning as both the body and brain go through a period of growth which offers a key opportunity for learning. As such, it is essential that students can make real-world connections to maintain their engagement and Motivation as math gets more challenging.

This overview is an introduction to this Model. Each LVP Learner Model is a research-driven, holistic representation of all of the critical variables, what we call the Learner Factors, that affect how learners learn. These Factors are the foundation of learner diversity. Scroll up to explore all of the Factors in this model.

To create these Models, we follow a systematic methodology led by our expert LVP researchers. The process is also overseen by an advisory committee of leading content area and learning sciences experts.

Advisory Board for Math 7-9

The following leading researchers supported the development of our Math 7-9 Model and are a source of continued suggestions for improvement.

  • Maria Blanton, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, TERC
  • Susan Empson, Ph.D., Professor of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, University of Missouri
  • Gerardo Ramirez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology, Ball State University
  • Bethany Rittle-Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology & Human Development, Vanderbilt University
  • Jeremy Roschelle, Ph.D., Executive Director of Learning Sciences Research, Digital Promise Global