The Auto-Assignment feature, available in grades 6+, allows each student to work on concepts that they struggle with. After taking a 40-item test, students are assigned just the ST Math Objectives from earlier grades that they need. In addition to their auto-assignments, students can still play their grade level Journey as well as any Objectives from any grade that have been assigned to them individually or to their class.

This Focus On: will introduce you to all aspects of the ST Math Middle School program and how to help your middle school students change how they think about math.

By the time students reach the middle grades, many have picked up a long list of "tricks" that have helped them survive math classes.

They see math as a collection of isolated topics that don't relate to each other.

  • Addition is separate from subtraction,
  • Multiplication is separate from division, an
  • Fractions are in a world of their own!

By going back and working with visual models, students can reconstruct their understanding and start making sense of math.

Don't get us wrong. It may not be easy. You may find that you're trying to correct a made-up rule from their second grade teacher or a trick someone told them would make math easier.

But in the long run, it's more than worth it. Success in math has been found to be highly correlated to school and college success and employability. And remember, the more students play, the more benefit they get. So let's get playing!

Using ST Math for Middle School

If You're Just Starting with ST Math

Auto-Assignments and Journey Overview - Student Perspective

Auto-Assignments and Journey Overview - Teacher Perspective

Advice From a Middle School Teacher

ST Math Games in Your Classroom

Using the Auto-Assignments

The Penguin in the Room

Filling Gaps