"Everyone has the ability to learn math." - By John Mighton , Creator of JUMP Math.

JUMP Math is a K-8 resource in Canada, aligned with curriculum in some provinces and is also available in French. JUMP Math is an award-winning organization dedicated to helping people lead more fulfilled lives, offering evidence-based curricula and professional development to replace math anxiety with an understanding and a love of math in students and educators. Halifax Learning is pleased to deliver JUMP Math as our core math support program. 


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4 Guiding Principles

  1. Motivation: if students are not motivated they will tune out, won’t try hard etc. Lessons are designed so that students can be successful from the beginning - builds confidence and engagement.
  2. Scaffolding: breaking concepts into very small and manageable chunks. Each step gets practiced and assessed and students reach mastery. THEN, move to next step. Can redirect, re-instruct so that they get it.
  3. Continuous Assessment: Practice-assess pattern is absolutely vital in a jump math lesson. Provides teacher with opportunity to target and spot misunderstandings before neuro-pathways form so that students do not have to unlearn.
  4. Cognitive Science: Take into factors such as cognitive load, working memory, anxiety, math phobia. All of these things are built into lessons. 
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JUMP Math uses guided discovery, this is research based - unassisted learning does not benefit learners. Feedback, examples, scaffolding and elicited explanations do.


Essential Pieces of a JUMP Math Lesson

Review: Sometimes review will go back 3 grades - gives weaker students a chance to figure out what's going on and how to get there. Hierarchy is really visible in math - jump math strongly believes in breaking down this hierarchy. Using a review that every student can understand (no more than 5 min), followed by practice-assess, then moving onto the math lesson.

Scaffolding - breaking down into small steps.

Practice - Vital. Students use mini whiteboards, instead of notebooks. Students love this, write bigger, easy to see who is on track.

Differentiation - can give different questions throughout the class. Make notes in lesson plans to make an easier pattern for those who are below grade level. This is more so applicable to group lessons vs one on one classes.


Research for JUMP Math

Halifax Learning is committed to offering programs that model the same rigorous commitment to research and development as does the SpellRead program. This is why we've adopted the JUMP Math program to support our students' needs. 

Click here to visit JUMP Math's website for more information on the research

Here are the highlights!                                        

  • On average, math achievement of students grew at 2.4 times the rate of the WRAT-4 standardization sample
  • The percentage of students scoring in the ‘above average’ range on the WRAT-4 increased from 12% to 20%
  • Mean percentile rank on the WRAT-4 increased from 30th to 42nd from fall to spring.

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