At its heart, inquiry-based instruction invites students to learn math by doing math.
Provocative math questions spark students’ curiosity and interest, while providing opportunities for them to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Through rich questions, students begin mathematical investigations by using their intuition and number sense, become effective communicators by sharing their ideas with their peers, and develop conceptual understanding through listening to a range of strategies presented. Computational and algebraic skills are developed contextually, as tools for solving problems, rather than in isolation. Student understanding is strengthened and consolidated when the class community articulates connections between approaches, identifying which are most efficient, and formalizes those approaches to arrive at algorithms.
This experience of mathematics makes students not only better mathematicians, but better thinkers.
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