The MCP Mathematics approach to mathematics instruction is firmly grounded in the practices for the teaching of mathematics that have been shown to be effective through numerous research studies. Unique to the program is its implementation of a combination of empirically valid components of effective mathematics instruction. The lesson approach heavily emphasizes problem solving through the use of direct instruction, a four-step problem solving strategy, guided and independent practice, and real-world application.
To encourage the development of higher order thinking skills, MCP Mathematics presents word and story problems that require students to draw upon and integrate multiple skills and strategies to find a solution. Additionally, the program emphasizes the practice of estimation, mental math, and calculator activities. To enhance instruction, MCP Mathematics materials provide teachers with assistance in identifying and remedying common errors.
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