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A New Way to Teach Math

By Deborah Williams

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A new way to teach one of the core subjects, mathematics, is being touted in Canada and England. Jump Math seems to fly in the face of traditional math pedagogy and uses what research has shown to be key factors in why some students have great difficulty learning math: “Children who struggle in math usually have difficulty remembering math facts, handling word problems and doing multi-step arithmetic.” Jump Math is a discovery learning technique that requires an instructor to break down tasks into the smallest of parts with explicit directions so that a student can “consolidate new concepts.” The results in schools that have tried this approach have been impressive. Stakeholders such as math teachers, math tutors, and online math tutors might find this the answer to how to help their most challenging students to succeed in math.

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