Inquiry-based Teaching in Mathematics

“Knowledge is power, and mathematical literacy opens the door of opportunity.”
– From Culturally Specific Pedagogy in the Mathematics Curriculum by Jacqueline Leonard

An inquiry approach gives teachers an opportunity to explore mathematical ideas with children while developing computational skills and conceptual understanding. Inquiry is also a way of honouring students’ thinking and questions. It builds on their cultural knowledge and interests, and develops their identities as doers of mathematics. In this way, inquiry is a form of equity. In addition to seeing mathematics as a sequence of skills, students also begin to recognize it as a tool with which to understand the world.