Learning Math

What we've been reading, watching, and thinking about at Alpine Valley School this week.


In this final episode of our  Core Learning  podcast series, our guest Bruce Smith talks about how students at self-directed democratic schools learn math. Bruce has decades of experience as a staff member in self-directed education, and has worked at several different schools around the US. While at Alpine Valley School, he was the resident math teacher and he outlines how the language of numbers shows up in student’s daily lives and how classes, when they happen, are structured. You can listen to the rest of the Core Learning series  here .

In this final episode of our Core Learning podcast series, our guest Bruce Smith talks about how students at self-directed democratic schools learn math. Bruce has decades of experience as a staff member in self-directed education, and has worked at several different schools around the US. While at Alpine Valley School, he was the resident math teacher and he outlines how the language of numbers shows up in student’s daily lives and how classes, when they happen, are structured. You can listen to the rest of the Core Learning series here.


This comic from  Delusion in a Box Design  perfectly captures our experience of learning at Alpine Valley School. We all acquire skills in different ways throughout our lives and use them all the time as we learn and grow - children are no different!

This comic from Delusion in a Box Design perfectly captures our experience of learning at Alpine Valley School. We all acquire skills in different ways throughout our lives and use them all the time as we learn and grow - children are no different!



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Alpine Valley School will be hosting an informal meet and greet beginning at 9AM! Come and learn more about self-directed democratic education in the Denver area by touring our facility, meeting our staff members, and chatting with graduates of our program. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot if you plan to attend!

Alpine Valley School will be hosting an informal meet and greet beginning at 9AM! Come and learn more about self-directed democratic education in the Denver area by touring our facility, meeting our staff members, and chatting with graduates of our program. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot if you plan to attend!

Marc Gallivan