CONCEPTUAL MATH

Learning is a process of making the unfamiliar familiar. Thus, we expose and re-expose our students to key concepts through a fantastic build-up of problems designed not only to be practiced, but to be understood.

Our Classroom

  • Trained instructors use Socratic method of learning

  • Well-planned and curriculum-backed lesson plans

  • 1 hour sessions

  • Classes range from 1 to 6 students

  • Each class is grouped by grade level

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Socratic Method Of Learning

  • Mentors avoid lecturing in favor of asking carefully crafted questions

  • Questions aren’t simply “How” or “Why” questions

  • Questions are designed to bridge the gap between what a student considers familiar to what is unfamiliar to them

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Math Curriculum

  • Reinforces conceptual and abstract thinking, while still providing real world examples and word problems for students to tackle

  • Algorithmic methods are approached step by step and explained

  • Topics are discussed and revisited every year

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CONCEPTUAL LEARNING OF THE AREA OF A TRIANGLE

INSTRUCTOR: How do you find the area of a rectangle?

STUDENT: length x width

INSTRUCTOR: What is the area of this rectangle?

 

 

STUDENT: (5 x 10) = 50 

INSTRUCTOR: Correct! Let's say I cut this this rectangle in half diagonally.

INSTRUCTOR: How big is the shaded region?

STUDENT: 50 ÷ 2 = 25 

INSTRUCTOR: Right! And what shape is the shaded region?

STUDENT: A triangle!

INSTRUCTOR: So what would the area of a triangle be?

STUDENT: (b x h) ÷ 2 

Instead of giving the student the answer directly, our instructors guide the students to the answer to maximize their understanding of the concepts. In this example, the area of a triangle is not provided to the student directly, but the instructor guides the student to the correct formula using the student's prior knowledge.

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