Middle School Geometry

Written by Tara Peris
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Middle school geometry marks an academic turning point for many students. No longer confined to concrete mathematical operations, they must work with abstract concepts. This requires cognitive flexibility, persistence, and well-honed problem solving skills.

Early mathematical concepts are a fairly straightforward matter. Children learn the basics of addition, subtraction, and division, and begin to perform simple operations with numbers. For students who encounter difficulty with these tasks, help is easy to find because of the concrete nature of these operations. Specifically, number lines and counting blocks can be used to provide a visual prompt for most difficulties.

What to Expect in Middle School Geometry

When students hit middle school geometry, however, things become a bit more challenging. Children are introduced to concepts such as area, perimeter, and volume, and later, to things like symmetry and transformations. These concepts are much harder to illustrate visually.

They become much easier, however, if you use computer graphics to bring these principles to life. Good math software provides an illustration of key concepts that would otherwise be unavailable. Parents and educators should use these types of resources to ease the introduction to middle school geometry.

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