Approach to Instruction

"Guided Discovery" is the Approach Used by JUMP Math.

JUMP Math is primarily intended to be used by teachers in the classroom. JUMP Math is a complete package of resources intended to cover the curricula for grades 1 to 8. Professional development is also offered to teachers wishing to add to their teaching credentials. While JUMP Math is a mainstream set of curriculum-based resources for use in schools, it is very flexible and can be used as a support in after-school tutoring by schools and community organizations, as well as by parents at home.

Guided Discovery

We call the approach used in JUMP Math, "Guided Discovery" or "Micro-Inquiry."

In JUMP Math lessons, students practice inquiry in manageable steps. They are expected to discover and understand mathematical concepts by answering questions and working through challenges on their own, but they are also provided with a good deal of rigorous guidance and support from the teacher. This balance of discovery with feedback, scaffolding, assessment and explicit instruction is now well supported by research

In a JUMP Math lesson, the teacher asks a series of Socratic questions and gives students incrementally harder challenges and activities, with immediate assessment and feedback. The JUMP Math Teacher's Guides contain detailed lesson plans that show teachers how to deliver this kind of lesson for the full curriculum.  At the end of a lesson, the teacher uses the accompanying Assessment and Practice (AP) Books.

Teacher Resources are the Heart of JUMP Math

JUMP Math is not primarily an Assessment and Practice Book program:  the heart of the program is in the Teacher Resources (and also in our training).

In JUMP Math lessons, students are not passive recipients of knowledge but are actively engaged in generating their own knowledge and understanding.  However, our lesson plans take account of the fact, now well established in cognitive science, that children are easily overwhelmed by too much new information, require practice to consolidate skills and concepts, and benefit from immediate assessment and careful scaffolding of ideas.

The JUMP Math lessons also help teachers minimize unnecessary hierarchies in the classroom. When all students see that they are capable of doing well, they are less anxious and more engaged, and their brains work more efficiently.

See sample lessons here.

The Teacher's Guide in each set of Teacher Resources is also supported by comprehensive SMART Lesson Materials. Samples can be downloaded here.