How does SpringMath promote inquiry-based instruction with math intervention?

When it comes to reaching students and boosting their academic scores, educators may need to think outside the box when it comes to their teaching methods. Students often vary in terms of which methods they best receive. This can create pressure for educators to select the appropriate teaching method to meet maximum student needs. Many teachers see the benefit of inquiry-based instruction to boost student mastery.

Some educators fall into a pattern of direct instruction. This older teaching method worked for the masses until more advanced methods came from deeper research. While some students may not receive inquiry-based instruction well, SpringMath can help you determine which interventions to select to boost individual or classwide scores.

SpringMath believes in the value of inquiry-based instruction. We recommend implementing this method with your tier 1 MTSS students. If some of them fall behind, you can resort back to more direct instruction. SpringMath can help you select the right weekly intervention program for your students. You can rest assured that your students will receive the best instruction at a level that they understand.

Inquiry-based instruction focuses on the student, builds problem-solving skills, and heavily relies on discovery. Some students learn better through asking questions and fueling their inquisitive minds. SpringMath allows educators to easily implement this style of learning and monitor the progress of their students.

Student centered

Most forms of instruction involve a teacher driving the lessons. Educators expect students to grasp concepts and learn objectives without much thought into the “why” or “how.” The focus quickly becomes a game of memorization. How many things can you memorize and regurgitate on an exam? In fact, most memorizers achieve the least when it comes to math education.

For a more effective way to boost student achievement, educators should implement inquiry-based instruction in their math intervention programs. Effectively, students will explore and develop their own conclusions, allowing them to fully grasp and remember your instruction.

Research shows that students who receive student-centered instruction received a higher mean growth than those who received direct instruction. SpringMath encourages peer learning and self-led discovery. We believe that inquiry-based learning helps students achieve their personal and academic goals.


Educators strive to set students up for maximum potential. Teaching students the tools they need to find information and effectively teach themselves plays a huge part in setting students up for academic, personal, and even future professional success. Discovery contributes to a big portion of inquiry-based instruction. Students actively search and learn a concept through discovery rather than direct instruction. 

Whether your students discover key math concepts together or individually, the process of teaching yourself offers each student valuable lifelong tools. We recognize that not every student learns the best through self-discovery. Some students may fall behind and need an intervention. Luckily, SpringMath analyzes your student performance weekly and generates a fresh, catered intervention for the following week, catching those individuals or classes who do not succeed in inquiry based-learning early.

Teachers should still encourage students to learn to adapt to some inquiry-based instruction, as this skill only becomes more important as the student progresses. Inquiry-based learning teaches valuable lessons like problem solving.

Problem solving

Inquiry-based instruction prompts students to develop problem-solving skills through self-taught and peer learning. In the United States, the majority of students rank in the third level of problem-solving proficiency, while relatively few students score in the level six proficiency compared to other countries.

Inquiry-based instruction addresses this deficiency and boosts students’ problem-solving skills. These skills heavily translate to higher education performance and professional success. Developing problem-solving skills early in a child’s education boosts their retention of information and confidence in learning.

Educators and administrators want the best for their students. Inquiry-based instruction can significantly impact student success. If some students fall behind or prefer a different approach, SpringMath is here to help. We develop 15-minute daily interventions that cater to each student’s previous week’s performance. Interested in learning more about what SpringMath can do for you? Request a demo today.

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