Welcome to the teacher section of the CPM website. Here you will find information about the professional development support that CPM offers, both funded and fee-based. There are links to various resources that support the core curriculum, as well as course and classroom management resources. In addition, there is background information about how the courses were created and some of their research-based principles. You will also find information about Common Core and individual state standards. Finally, handouts that have been created for conference sessions are available. They address numerous topics, and many ideas can be used in any classroom.
Teacher Tip of the Week
Effective circulation techniques are essential to effective teamwork. Make your circulation purposeful with a specific path mapped out
and a specific plan for each pass.
1st pass: Move around to make sure that everyone is on task and following directions. Do not answer questions except those that help teams begin their work, primarily clarifying questions. Do not check homework.
2nd pass: Make sure everyone is working. Ask/Answer questions that help students with their developing understanding.**
3rd pass: Ask/answer questions to help students complete the task.** Listen carefully to student thinking and encourage them to move on to the next problems or extend their thinking.
4th pass: Continue listening and asking questions that help students correct any errors you note. Ask higher order thinking, extension or reflective questions.
As you circulate, always be on the lookout for errors or misconceptions. Be sure to continually check for understanding and offer positive reinforcement. Design your routes so that you visit every side of every study team. Follow varied routes and stick to them. Don't allow yourself to be pulled off course by teams that try to rely on your assistance instead of listening to each other. Most teachers find it helpful to carry around an answer key or pages from the teacher edition when circulating. Do not carry a writing utensil with you. You do not want to find yourself doing the problems for the students. If you want to model something, find another student in the team or in the class who has done a step correctly and have them show the student or team the work they have done.
**When circulating and asking clarifying questions, feel free to restate the discussion points to add to the discussion. Encouraging students to reread the discussion points aloud to the team is a great way to get the conversation going. Remember that everyone on the team needs to agree to questions, and your response is best when it is a question that helps them answer their own question. Obviously some clarifying questions simply need to be answered.
One-year eBook licenses are now available! Parents may purchase a one-year eBook license of their student's book for $10 through our e-Commerce website. Parents – order your student's book here! Parents may purchase their student's book through our e-Commerce website.
Please read the Principles of Assessment here.
CPM October 2014 Newsletter "News You Can Use"(download here.)
Conference Handouts and Resources
View sample course problems and handouts from CPM presentations here.
New curriculum and technical support available
Three CPM mentor teachers are now available to help parents, students and teachers who have questions about the CPM program. This support is primarily for questions about using the program, its technology and the website. To use CPM's support service, go to http://www.cpm.org/support to see the available services. Follow the prompts to get help. Note that this service is not a "homework helpline." That support is at http://homework.cpm.org.The CPM mentors are:
Middle grades courses: Susan Hoffmier, Auburn, CA
High school core courses: Melissa Thomley, Madison, WI
Transition to college courses: Sarah Morrison, Glendale, CA
Common Core State Standards Informational meetings -register here!
CPM web-based e-books are now available for all Connections courses
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
CPM now offers a new series of textbooks to meet the grade 6-8 and high school CCSS content and practice standards: Core Connections, Courses 1 - 3 and Core Connections Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry. Learn how this series as well as the original Connections series of CPM textbooks are fully aligned with the CCSS Content and Mathematical Practice Standards. CPM can also provide professional development centered around embedding the eight CCSS Mathematical Practices into your current lessons and current textbook from any publisher. Start moving on the path to the CCSS today!
CPM offers supplemental booklets for schools that currently use any of the Connections courses that align them with the CCSS content standards.
CPM provides online homework help at the CPM website.