Testimonials

Teachers & Principals

“I think the secret of the program is that concepts are broken down so carefully.  Nothing is assumed either in the teaching or the learning.”  – Teacher, British Columbia

"After teaching math for 30 years and using 7 or 8 different math series and approaches, it wasn’t until JUMP Math that I found that I didn’t know what I didn’t know!  Now I DO know what I need to know to be an effective math teacher, teaching the full depth of mathematics in a way that students understand and use deeply.” – Beth Vreugdenhil, Teacher, Ontario

“I have been using the JUMP Math program for several years now and I love it.  The teacher's guide is clear and detailed, and actually teaches me how to do the math before I teach my students.  It even tells me what to say if I'm not sure.  The SMARTBoard activities are fantastic. They are interactive and fun and the students really enjoy doing them.  The Smartboard lessons really help students learn the material because they can see and do the activities themselves. The student practice books are terrific for reinforcing the lesson material.  Students have a chance to practise what they have just learned, and students who "get it" right away can go on to more challenging questions, while I have a chance to work with students who need a little extra help.  The program aligns perfectly with the Ontario curriculum so I don't have to go searching anywhere else in order to fill in any gaps.  The program also provides advanced lessons for students who could benefit from extending their learning. I truly love this program and can't imagine teaching any other math program.  Thank you John Mighton!  – Suzan Johnson, Teacher, Ontario

"JUMP Math makes it easy to teach ELL and combined grade classes.  It breaks new concepts into small steps to ensure confident mastery.  The practice books give detailed explanations, making it possible for parents, even those with limited English, to help their children at home.  This is especially helpful for children who have been absent." – Elaine Jaltema, Teacher, British Columbia

"The way in which lessons are scaffolded allow the students to review past learning (or fill gaps in missing learning).  This allows for students to build their confidence, even with difficult math concepts, and builds a much more positive attitude towards math concepts."  – Mike Ross, Teacher, Ontario

"JUMP Math is empowering for teachers and students.  For all students who struggle mastering math basic concepts, JUMP Math takes the time to explain the why and how.  It also allows for plenty of practice time and time for checking for comprehension.  The tools support the teaching of the program and are especially appreciated (SMARTBoard lessons, teacher lesson plan book, student work book, example tests, etc)." – Mandy Sullivan, Teacher, Quebec

"Previously, I was not that confident about teaching math, but I found that JUMP Math is structured in such a way that the kids gain a lot of confidence, and it teaches so many great strategies and alternatives that I can better explain things to the kids... It has allowed me to more fully appreciate and convince the kids of the magical element of math." – Christopher Hunt, Teacher, British Columbia

"JUMP Math is a great tool to teach math and know that all concepts are being covered in a year. It builds great confidence in all students of all levels." – Carolyn Staats, Teacher, Ontario

"At our school,  grade 5 students come into my class and said, "Not Math!". However, after using JUMP Math for the last 2 years with them (in grade 5 then in grade 6) it has made a really big difference in the students' attitude. JUMP Math is a great way of teaching math, we as teachers just need to give ourselves time to learn this new way. That being said, JUMP Math's way of teaching is changing my whole way of teaching all my subjects so that I teach in a layered manner. The students actually grasp concepts better this way." – Christine Bernat, Teacher, Quebec

“My experiences with JUMP have been transformative, for my students and for myself. I struggled greatly as a student myself from a very early age … There were many times I was told that I was just not a math person, that I would never get it, that I just was not trying hard enough… The first half of my career, when it came to teaching math, I continued to feel totally inadequate, and as if I were faking it … I began supplementing with JUMP, and in no time saw how my students were responding – with enthusiasm and excitement over their success … As my students began to experience more and more success, their confidence and motivation greatly increased. As a class, our growth was inspiring – and I have found this to be the case each year since. Students who enter my class saying “I hate math” or “I can’t do math,” are, within a short time talking about how much they love math, and how good they are at it!”  I am now the math mentor at my school; I am halfway through my Masters of Math Education at UBC … JUMP Math has given me the motivation, skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue math at a higher level than I ever dreamed I could – or dreamed I would want to. I am having the time of my life, and my marks range from A- to A+.” – Elisha Bonnis, Teacher, British Columbia

"Carleton Village students are making excellent progress… students who were doing very poorly in math now love the subject and eagerly await their next session. Their teachers often comment on the confidence the students have gained and the improvement they have shown in their daily work — all because of JUMP."  – Principal, Ontario

“Learning about and using JUMP Math have been the most powerful opportunities for professional growth for myself as well as many colleagues … behaviour problems and attendance issues became almost non existent … I saw a different impact JUMP Math had on my colleagues who do not have a strong math background. As they worked through the material, both as they prepared their lessons and delivered their lessons, they gained understanding and appreciation for math they never thought possible. It is always inspiring to hear their new love and passion for math. In the short time I have used JUMP Math with my students, I have seen not just an improvement in their math skills. More importantly, I have seen an increase in their confidence as learners, not just in math but in other subject areas. John is so right when he says that math is the easiest subject to remediate and it is my hope that as more teachers use JUMP Math, the day of no more remedial math classes in schools draws closer.” – Consultant, Vancouver School Board

"John [Mighton] sees the patterns, relationships, or discrepancies that are not apparent to novices. His expertise allows him to identify what is relevant and subsequently organize the mathematical information into conceptual frameworks that allow for greater student transfer. Working with JUMP Math has increased my abilities in math! JUMP Math is brilliant! It Works! Kids and adults working with it LOVE it!" – Principal, Ontario

 

Tutors

"I am hooked!  This concept of bonus questions and extending the problem is such an effective way to motivate struggling students.  They were literally jumping out of their seats because they wanted to go up to the board to solve problems.  We didn't get to the addition of fractions worksheet so I told them they could take home and look it over before Thursday.  One student finished it in about the 2 minutes it took for the class to collect their belongings.  On her way out, she showed her Mom the bonus questions she answered in her notebooks and had this proud look in her demeanor that was priceless.  I took your advice on instant assessment and went around putting stars next to problems they answered correctly.  They couldn't wait to show me their work.  I have seen the power of group dynamics and how JUMP can sweep everyone along."  – Tutor, California

"JUMP was engaging for me and my students, with each lesson including drawings and concrete examples. I saw a big change in my students' attitudes when we used JUMP." – Tutor, California

 

Homeschoolers

"I took my 2 daughters out of French school when both teachers told me they were struggling with math, and we went to homeschooling. Alice was so frightened of math she could no longer think, but would freeze mentally as soon as we started. Of course one on one teaching helps, but when we started JUMP math, she normally refused my help entirely and did it alone, and correctly, and for 3 years, so that now she is confident and coping with no help in grade 10. I was really sorry when grade 8 was over and there were no further JUMP math books! The thing I liked best in the program was the introduction to algebra. I honestly think no one could have trouble with algebra after that preparation." – Homeschooler & Parent

"I'm just writing to say thank you for the excellent materials.  Today my 7-year-old daughter said to me, 'I can solve these problems quickly because I'm good at math'.  We are using the Jump Math in our homeschooling and I have watched her develop confidence and insight from the actual achievements that the materials lead her into." – Homeschooler & Parent

 

Students

"JUMP Math explains math in a way I understand."   – Grade 7 student, British Columbia

"I appreciate all the things you have done for my class and math is so easy I want to be a mathematician." – Grade 5 Student, Ontario

"When I was in grade 1, 2, 3 and 4, I hated math a lot because it’s so hard. But when John Mighton came and taught math to my class, I suddenly thought math was so fun and easy." – Grade 5 Student, Ontario

"It makes me a genius at math."  Grade 7 student, Vancouver

 

Parents

"My child has gone from experiencing great math anxiety (and possibly dyscalculia) to feeling comfortable and confident that she can learn the material.  She's even doing some mental math!" – Parent, California

"My daughter, who is in grade 3, has been very upset about her math since school started this year. Well this weekend I spent some time showing her the JUMP way to do addition, subtraction and multiplication. The results are awesome. You should see her little face. She is so excited that she can do the math. It is amazing how quickly it works. I am amazed at the results. This program really works!" – Parent, Ottawa