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Math 7-9

Below are the Learner Factors critical to math outcomes. Hover to see how these factors connect across the whole child. Then click to find out how each factor impacts learning and explore strategies that support it. Read more about this model.

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Math 7-9

Adolescence brings growth and learning opportunities.

With adolescence, students’ Physical Well-being becomes closely linked to their learning as both their bodies and brains go through a period of growth.

  • Paying close attention to mental health and the amount of Sleep students are getting, in addition to encouraging mindfulness, are key to managing stress.

Students are also gaining greater Social Awareness & Relationship Skills in addition to becoming more interested in the world around them.

  • Making real-world connections to their interests can keep them motivated in math class and increase their sense of belonging.

Cognitive skills support generalizing mathematical concepts.

Being able to generalize mathematical concepts becomes a key component of success as math becomes increasingly complex.

  • Working with students using error analysis can deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts, including Algebraic Thinking which focuses on the relationships between numbers.

Students’ Reasoning skills are continuing to develop, allowing them to think abstractly, draw inferences, and identify patterns.

  • Visualizing how ideas fit together using a graphic organizer can help students find patterns, and scaffolds Working Memory by outsourcing some of the memory demands of the task.

Students analyze and represent spatial relationships, a key skill for advanced math.

Geometric Reasoning involves using abstract thinking to analyze and make arguments about shapes and spatial relationships. It can be a gateway to other higher-order math thinking skills such Statistical Reasoning.

  • Creating their own diagrams and other visual representations can help students develop the skills needed to reason about geometric diagrams and spatial relationships.

Spatial Skills are used to mentally manipulate numbers and objects, underlying much of students’ math thinking and their math success.

  • Representing concepts spatially, including using gestures, can facilitate students’ thinking about mathematical ideas and support Geometric Reasoning.

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Cognitive skills support generalizing mathematical concepts.

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Adolescence brings growth and learning opportunities.

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