Overcoming Math Trauma

Presented by: Jamie York

For many of us adults, our math education was tedious, uninspiring, and meaningless.  For some, it was even traumatizing.  How can homeschool parents overcome their own math trauma and become great math teachers?  We will start by taking steps to re-imagine what mathematics can be, and then discussing some of the key components that are necessary in order to create a math experience for our students that is inspirational and meaningful.


A self-proclaimed “math missionary”, Jamie York went to public school in Connecticut, received two computer science degrees, and began teaching math in 1985 at a boarding school in New Hampshire.  In 1994, after spending two years in Nepal serving as a Peace Corps volunteer, Jamie’s search for meaningful education led him to Shining Mountain Waldorf School (in Boulder, Colorado), where he taught middle school and high school mathematics for more than twenty years.  Since then, he has focused largely on envisioning and creating a comprehensive and meaningful mathematics curriculum that spans grades one through twelve.

Jamie consults and teaches math workshops at a variety of schools around the world, and serves on the faculty at Antioch University training math teachers.  Jamie is the lead author of a series of books titled Making Math Meaningful.  His website www.JamieYorkPress.com serves as a popular resource for thousands of Waldorf teachers and homeschool educators around the world.

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