For elementary school educators who are ready to revolutionize how they teach mathematics.
If your school is committed to a Concept-Based Inquiry approach to education, you probably know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by the countless hours you need to invest in designing units, lessons, and assessments, plus creating all the resources you need from scratch. You’re not alone.
We know the challenges of designing a Concept-Based Inquiry curriculum first-hand. The good news is: There’s a better mathematics experience waiting for you. One that saves you time and empowers your students to think like mathematicians, building on previous lessons and retaining what they learn.
Your school lacks a cohesive mathematics curriculum, so you have to rely on resources you’ve used in the past, while your students have to bridge the gaps between different teaching approaches
Your school ditched textbooks in favor of Concept-Based Inquiry, but now it’s every teacher for themselves in the creative struggle to create engaging mathematics lessons or find resources online
Working on your units of inquiry, you’ve seen the power of using questions to help students build conceptual understanding—but designing conceptual mathematics units still feels daunting
Your budding mathematicians are engaged, but you still feel like their understanding is on shaky foundations, wavering every time you try to build on previous lessons
Those lightbulb moments that pop up in class—when students really get it—are exciting, but you have no idea how to ensure they happen consistently in your mathematics classes
For decades, educators have been taught to teach mathematics by repetition and memorization. They’ve learned to see mathematics as a set of rules and procedures—and so, that’s how they’ve taught it. But the truth is: Students can’t build a strong foundation or understanding of mathematics concepts when they’re taught as rules and procedures to be memorized.
But what if there was a better way? What if there was an approach to teaching mathematics that would save you time and help your students understand and retain their learning?
What would it feel like to save time, feel supported, build your confidence teaching mathematics, and know that your students are actually understanding and applying their learning?
Envision your elementary school having an intentionally designed, conceptual mathematics curriculum with units that build upon students’ understanding year after year and create a cohesive learning experience.
Imagine starting your school year with all of your mathematics units and lessons designed and ready to go, right down to the resources you need, the assessments you’ll use, strategies to engage your students, and differentiated learning experiences to both stretch and support varying abilities.
Specifically designed for elementary teachers and schools who want to master a Concept-Based Inquiry approach to mathematics, The Concept-Based Inquiry Mathematics Project is a full, comprehensive mathematics curriculum that empowers students to think like mathematicians and become confident problem-solvers within and beyond the classroom while you fast-track the curriculum planning process so you can focus on implementation.
As soon as you enroll, you’ll get access to The Concept-Based Inquiry Mathematics Project and our Quick Start Course: A self-paced online course that shows you how to navigate the site and start teaching units in your classroom. Once you have completed the Quick Start Course, you'll be able to book a call via Zoom to introduce you to the program and answer your questions live. You can expect an invite to the booking calendar via email.
You can’t build on a wavering foundation. Our Pre-Assessments help you evaluate a student’s understanding of a concept before building on it with another lesson. Not only will our Pre-Assessments give you a clear picture of what students already understand, know, and can do so you can plan more effectively, they’ll bring those understandings, knowledge, and skills to the front of their minds, priming them for new learnings.
We all know no two students are the same. As educators, it’s our responsibility to consider learning variability and support students across all levels of the developmental continuum. Our Stretch & Support prompts guide you in meeting your students where they’re at with learning engagements that will either support the learning for students who need different examples or stretch the learning for students who are ready for a challenge.
Strategy talks are short conversations with students about specific strategies to support their mental calculation. Students are asked to solve a specific string of problems to uncover each strategy. Intended to be 10 to 15 minutes, Strategy Talks should be integrated at the beginning of the school year as a daily component of mathematics lessons. We include everything you need to make them a success, from examples to visual models.
Consider your mathematics planning done: We’ve designed units for each strand, as well as learning engagements for every single conceptual understanding. Each set of learning engagements is designed around questions that will help you facilitate conceptual understanding through the process of inquiry. So, instead of investing hours in planning units, you can simply implement ours, focusing your limited time on organizing resources.
At the heart of The Concept-Based Inquiry Mathematics Project is the Kindergarten to Grade 5 mathematics scope and sequence, which articulates the conceptual understandings, knowledge, and skills required in primary and elementary classrooms. The curriculum consists of seven strands: Number & Number Sense, Number Operations, Partitioning, Pattern & Function, Measurement, Shape & Space, and Statistics & Probability.
Our Pilot Program is limited to 50 teachers per grade level, so enroll now before the Pilot Program is officially full.
As a pilot educator, you’ll be the first in the world to experience our revolutionary approach to mathematics, so you’ll be expected to join us on a monthly call to share your feedback and ask any questions—we’re here to support you. And, don’t worry: We’ll provide four different call times per month to work with your time zone and schedule—and you can attend as many as you like.
If you’re investing in this program—or pitching it to your principal— as a professional development opportunity, we know you’re going to want to crunch the numbers. We get it. We’ve actually been crunching numbers, too.
We’ve invested 6490 hours designing this program, so you can stop spending hours planning lessons and reteaching content. The question is: What’s that time worth to you? We have a feeling it’s worth a lot more than €41.67 a month (*per teacher. Billed annually at €500)—and so is your student’s success.
Save yourself hours of planning—we’ve designed units for you so you can focus on teaching
Help your students understand mathematics so they can retain and build on previous lessons
Empower students to see patterns, so they can use mathematics to solve real-world problems
Experience consistent—almost predictable—aha moments in your mathematics class
The year was 2016. Our founder, Rachel French, was reflecting on the challenges educators face when trying to apply Concept-Based Inquiry to their mathematics classes. She knew these were amazing teachers, so why weren’t they able to see the results Concept-Based Inquiry promised?
That moment was the beginning of this program and her commitment to helping schools successfully integrate a Concept-Based approach to their mathematics curriculum and transform the way they teach. She teamed up with Kelvin Sparks, an educator and educational consultant of 45 years who specializes in inquiry and conceptual understanding of mathematics, to bring you this program.
You’re passionate about Concept-Based Inquiry, but don’t know where to start with mathematics
You’re ready to shortcut the curriculum design process so you can focus on implementation
You want students to understand mathematics, so they can apply their learnings in real life
You want your students to feel confident with the mathematics foundation they need to succeed
You wish your students would remember what they learn, so you could stop reteaching it
You want to feel less stressed out and more confident in teaching mathematics
Immediately! After you invest in The Concept-Based Inquiry Mathematics Project, you’ll receive a unique login via email for immediate, full digital access to the materials in our portal, including our Quick Start Course. Plus, you’ll receive an invite to join our next bi-weekly onboarding call for a live introduction to the program and the opportunity to ask us any questions.
Enroll now to take control of your mathematics lessons, empower students to think like mathematicians, and finally feel like you’re making the difference you want to within and beyond your classroom.