For each participant in Maths Recovery, a profile based on individual assessment is used to develop an individualised teaching framework. Maths Recovery teaching sessions emphasise on-going assessment through careful observation, hypothesising about the student’s current knowledge and strategies, and selecting learning activities based on this information. In this way Maths Recovery teaching is always at the cutting edge of a student’s knowledge.
The instructional approach in Maths Recovery is problem-based and from a constructivist perspective thus fitting with Ireland’s Revised Programme in Maths. Emphasis is placed on students reflecting on their own mathematical thinking. Direct and intensive teaching is a key feature of the instructional approach.