A Balanced Approach to Instruction

The Common Core State Standards require students to do more than memorize how to solve problems. They define skills and knowledge that young people need to succeed academically in credit-bearing, college entry courses and in workforce training programs. Mastering the skills reflected in the Common Core State Standards prepares students for college and career.

Research shows that students benefit from a program that includes equal exposure to discovery and direct instruction. By beginning each lesson with an inquiry-based activity, Big Ideas Math allows students to explore, question, explain, and persevere as they seek to answer Essential Questions that encourage abstract thought.

These rich activities are followed by direct instruction lessons, allowing for procedural fluency, modeling, and the opportunity to use clear precise mathematical language.