What does JUMP Math look like in the classroom?
A typical JUMP classroom has lively whole-class lessons on average four out of five days using a guided discovery approach that involve children in the thrill of discovery together. Children eagerly participate by raising their hands to answer questions, talking with each other, helping each other and persevering to solve problems. Energy levels vary throughout the lesson, but excitement builds as students discover, understand and apply new knowledge and skills. Students look forward to their math lessons and are proud of their achievements.
The teacher is aware of the students’ levels of understanding, their need for assistance, their attentiveness and their participation. The teacher is able to assess the starting point for the lesson, review prerequisite knowledge, introduce the new concept or skill, increase the level of complexity and difficulty incrementally, assess student understanding at every step and keep everyone involved and on task.
Student AP Books are used frequently as an assessment tool, for guided practice during the lesson or independent practice at the end of the lesson. In most lessons, however, the AP Books are only used after the teacher has led students through a graduated series of challenges or explorations. These are based on the questions in the AP Book or teachers manual, but might involve work with concrete materials, whole class or group discussions, or pencil and paper work on grid paper or in notebooks.
The JUMP approach strives to integrate a variety of games, magic tricks, activities, extensions and enriched units based on the beauty and wonder of mathematics in the classroom for students to explore and as a means for practicing, applying and extending mathematical skills and concepts.