To coincide with a number of recent Midlands science events, a selection of local schools were fortunate to have received a visit from Dr. John Mighton, founder of the Canadian based maths programme, JUMP Math. The JUMP Math model provides teaching tools that can be used by any teacher in any classroom around the world. Based on research, case studies and the results it achieves, the model is continuously evolving and thanks to local development company Atlantic Corridor in association with the programme’s main sponsor, leading multinational telecommunications company LM Ericsson, there are now seven participating schools across the Midlands region.
JUMP Maths (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), is a Canadian organization and a registered charity which champions innovative methods to stimulate enthusiasm and improve educational attainment in Mathematics. The JUMP Maths philosophy is founded on a belief that all children have the capability to perform well in Maths and its methods aim to remove common myths and psychological barriers to effective learning in this essential subject.
Deirdre Giblin, R&D Operations Manager at Ericsson commented,
“Ericsson Athlone is delighted to be involved in the Jump Maths initiative in the Midlands. We are always happy to support ways to encourage students of all ages to explore their talents and reach their full potential. We are proud of all the students that are involved in the programme and it is great to see the positive trends in the results.”
Dr. John Mighton, an author, playwright and mathematician, started a tutoring club in his apartment in 1998 after noticing that mathematics education in the school system was not unlocking the real potential of its students. He developed the first set of materials for his tutoring club and very quickly found a group of volunteers that helped build a set of materials, resources and tools that taught math in a way well-suited for the inquisitive minds of young people. Now, JUMP Math provides a set of resources to mathematics educators around the world.
CEO of Atlantic Corridor, Jackie Gorman said,
“Many students face unnecessary fears when it comes to learning Maths but the positive feedback we have had from teaching staff involved in the delivery of JUMP locally indicates that the programme is really helping to build confidence and ability.”
JUMP Math materials provide support for all ability levels, enabling teachers to build confidence amongst weaker students while still challenging those at more advanced levels, and encouraging all pupils to verbalise their thinking and problem solving skills. Studies on the effectiveness of the programme have shown major improvements in achievement levels, but also in students’ confidence and overall attitudes towards learning maths. The unique combination of careful teaching, continuous assessment and a variety of innovative approaches, enables teaching staff to raise the overall level of attainment while tailoring tutoring methods to individual student needs.
Principal of Scoil Mhuire Convent Primary School in Roscommon, Una Feeley commented,
‘The results from using JUMP Math so far have been very encouraging. A number of students have mentioned how the tools used in this programme have helped them to learn math in much less complicated way and they certainly seem to enjoy the subject more too which is so important for its success. We were so grateful to have had this recent opportunity to learn first-hand from the programme founder Dr.John Mighton himself and look forward to continuing with JUMP Math in the year ahead.’