This Canadian initiative provides methodology for teaching mathematics in primary and lower secondary school. This process brings out the maximum performance from all the students and their teachers as instructors of the subject.
EDUCATIONAL LEVEL (age)
ANALYSIS OF INNOVATION
1. PROBLEM THAT THE INNOVATION TRIES TO SOLVE
At the international level, the results of students in mathematics are a major concern. If we only look at Spain, 24% of students do not reach the minimum levels in mathematics, according to the latest PISA report (2012).
Failing this subject is a barrier that leads to low self-esteem and demotivation among primary and secondary students. Unsuitable teaching methods, teachers who are not sure how to teach the subject and prejudices regarding the innate ability of the students contribute to this situation.
In addition, the students who can choose educational tracks that require a good command of maths only form 8% of the student body. If we take into consideration the fact that six out of every 10 jobs created in the future will require a good grasp of mathematics, it is necessary to make an effort to radically change these results.
2. WHAT SOLUTION IS PROPOSED?
JUMP Math has shown that all primary and secondary students can be successful and have a grasp of basic mathematical concepts.
Through a maths teaching programme implemented in the six years of primary and lower secondary school, JUMP Math gets the best out of all the students.
It has developed an innovative methodology that turns any teacher into an extraordinary maths instructor who improves the success rate of all his or her students in this subject. Proven procedures and resources are used to get the maximum potential out of every student.
The programme resolves the deficiencies that exist in classrooms where mathematics are taught:
- It creates participatory dynamics in the classroom;
- It breaks up the teaching-learning process into manageable steps that can be achieved by all the students;
- It reinforces the teaching staff, solving its problems of insecurity and lack of knowledge of how to teach mathematics.
3. HOW DOES THIS SOLUTION WORK?
The methodology is based on the latest advances in cognitive science. It focuses on learning as an active process of collaboration between the student and the teacher.
Using participatory dynamics, continuous assessment, dividing the lessons into small, easily assimilable, scaled units and a variety of innovative teaching methods, JUMP Math improves the scores of all the students in the classroom, with 93% passing the tests successfully.
4. IMPACT INDICATORS AND RESULTS
JUMP Math has made controlled, random studies that show an extraordinary improvement in the learning of mathematics and a huge impact on the students’ self-esteem and self-assurance.
- 110,000 children from the 1st year of primary to the 2nd year of secondary school and 20,000 in distance education are using JUMP Math in the 2013-2014 academic year.
- In 2009 in Lambeth (United Kingdom) JUMP Math was applied to a group of 353 students. The number of “distinctions” quintupled in two years.
- Jump Math Brock University Test (Canada) 2005: The students who follow JUMP Math learn twice as fast as those who follow other programmes.
- It has demonstrated its effectiveness with children suffering from behavioural problems and autism.
5. INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS
- There is enormous potential for JUMP Math to have an impact on academic performance, with solid evidence. The results in all countries (including a pilot scheme in Barcelona) are extraordinary.
- The impact on all the student body is that students with bad scores pass and more gifted students advance more rapidly and consolidate their basic knowledge better.
- It is easy to implement in all public and private schools since it does not involve great alterations or changes to the working methods of the schools.
- It turns teachers with less preparation in teaching mathematics into good instructors of this subject.
6. GEOGRAPHICAL AREA
It was originally developed in Canada and then expanded into the USA, United Kingdom and Bulgaria.
This year, with the support of the Barcelona Education Consortium, a pilot scheme has been implemented in 10 public schools.
7. INCOME MODEL
JUMP Math is a social enterprise that operates on a publishing business model, based on the sale of student assessment and practice books.
It also markets teacher training and distributes in-class materials for SMART boards.
In addition, it receives donations from public and private institutions to expand its programme.