Rethinking How Kids Learn Math

Updated: Apr 3

Our math camps and classes utilize a discovery-based and project-based learning approach. They encourage kids to find a love of math and empower students with the foundational skills and learning prowess they need to take on more advanced math courses and even the most math-intensive career fields.

In this post, you’ll learn what makes these courses so impactful, from our discovery-based learning approach to the process by which we select our outstanding instructors and pair them with students for 1-on-1 learning.

What Is Discovery-Based Learning?

The premise of discovery-based learning is simple: students learn best when they are put at the center of acquiring and building knowledge. This is why our instructors use guided activities to unlock the mathematical intuitions that the student already possesses.

Through engaging, hands-on projects and guiding questions, students in our courses take the lead in learning new concepts. Meanwhile, the instructor takes the role of a guide, adding suggestions and correcting misconceptions as needed. By taking the student’s discoveries and applying them to concrete exercises and comprehensive projects, students become experts in each mathematical concept they discover.

In each of these courses, students will acquire and build the in-depth, conceptual knowledge they need to succeed in their more advanced mathematics courses and future career fields.

Why Should Students Take Our Elementary Mathematics Courses?

The traditional classroom isn’t for everyone

Kids are often placed with 25 or more students in a traditional mathematics classroom and pushed to find the right answer to a given question. As a result, very early in their lives, students begin to see their mathematics skills as fixed: they’re either good or bad at math. With little space to enjoy the process of learning, most students disengage — never truly harnessing their mathematical potential.

Extracurricular mathematics programs often reinforce those sentiments. Rather than focusing on conceptual understanding, embedding elements of creativity, or hands-on activities, such programs use “skill and drill” learning. While fluency practice is a crucial component of developing mathematical skills, it is certainly not the only component.

Re-imagining the learning process

Math In Action challenges the traditional narratives. We empower students to explore, think critically, and ask questions. Rather than merely categorizing an answer as right or wrong, we implore students to ask why.

By leading with these questions, our instructors give students the space to explore new concepts and create meaningful connections. Because of this crucial shift in perspective, our students find their sessions opportunities for endless curiosity and possibilities.