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.
Week 1Having your students' working together in teams on the first day of school is a great way to establish your classroom expectations around cooperative learning. Remember that all of the activities, including team roles, and study team and teaching strategies provided in the first few lessons are specifically designed to encourage conversations between students - conversations about themselves as well as the math. Use icebreakers to help students break down some of the barriers to working as a study team. Most importantly, use time this week to set up classroom and study team expectations. Having students actively involved in making a list of classroom expectations is a great Think-Ink-Pair Share activity.
Getting students to be on task all the time is your ultimate goal, but remember that a few moments of off task conversation is normal. Finally, don't forget to inform parents of your expectations as well.
Whether your students are working with graphing calculators or manipulatives for the first time or just being introduced to a new topic, there are some helpful strategies that foster quality teamwork. One is to make sure the students are working in pairs first. Have them use a Peers Check, where they are constantly checking to see what their partner is doing. Another idea is to have a few students (preferably the Facilitator from each team), come in before school (or after school the previous day) and teach them the use of the calculator or manipulatives that you are going to be using during the lesson. Then when the lesson begins you will have an experienced person at each team who will help facilitate the lesson. Remember to allow the students a few minutes to explore with the manipulative or calculator. There are also videos about using the graphing calculator at www.cpm.org/technology.
Have a great start to a new school year! For an overview of collected "quick tips" for starting the school year, see the newsletter archives at the CPM website, September 2007 ("keys to success") and September 2008 ("quick tips").
CPM May 2014 Newsletter "News You Can Use"(download here.)
Conference Handouts and ResourcesView sample course problems and handouts from CPM presentations here.
New curriculum and technical support availableThree 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(Core Connections teacher editions will all come with an e-book license as a part of the new TE bundle.)
View a preview of a CPM e-book here.
Request a two-week preview license here.
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.
Homework HelpCPM provides online homework help at the CPM website.