HS 126 Subject Seminar (Level I): Mathematics

Credits: 1

Faculty: Jamie York

__I Projected Learning Goals and Objectives__:

To come to an understanding of how Waldorf education is practiced and developed by math teachers in a Waldorf high school.

__II Overview of Course Content and Methods__:

The following topics will be included:

- An overview of the Waldorf mathematics curriculum.
- The Waldorf high school math main lesson curriculum and its relationship to adolescent development.
- The various aspects of Geometry as taught in Waldorf schools. Special emphasis will be given to the 10
^{th}grade Greek Geometry main lesson (including Euclid’s*The Elements*), and the 10^{th}grade geometry track class. - An overview of the history of mathematics and how it relates to the various mathematics courses as taught in a Waldorf high school.
- Investigation and discussion regarding the following central questions:

- What is the nature of mathematics?
- What are the purposes and objectives of teaching mathematics?
- What does it mean for a student to be prepared for high school and college math?
- What math skills are necessary in order to be prepared for high school and college math?
- What makes math meaningful?

- The study of the following books:

- Peter Taylor, A Senior High School Mathematics Textbook.
- Bengt Ulin, Finding the Path.
- Jamie York, Making Math Meaningful

- Current issues and trends in mainstream mathematics education.