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
In our desire to make sure students all have a "right answer," it is easy to get hung up on a specific problem. But resist the urge to go over every question's answers with the whole class. (This is a common mistake). When answers are routinely provided, students quickly learn to just sit back and wait until the teacher goes over the answers as a whole class, instead of doing the work themselves. Be mindful of which problems require a whole class discussion and which do not. When you circulate, take note of which problems everyone understands and which problems seem to be causing difficulties. Purposefully choosing a study team strategy like a Swapmeet will provide a way to share answers within teams, rather than as a whole class.
Teachers often report that they find it difficult to fit closure into each daily lesson. But we know that closure is an essential part of how students make meaning and deepen their understanding of the concepts taught, so find a way to make it a part of your daily practice.
This week try setting a timer that will go off — or choose a student to remind you — when there are 5-10 minutes left of class and force yourself to stop and make time for closure. There are many good options for closure and suggestions for concluding each lesson in the lesson notes sections of your Teacher Edition as well as in a tab in the front of the Teacher Edition
One way to make closure a habit is to do the same type of closure each day for a week. For example, you could have students do a Learning Log entry each day this week, or an Exit Slip, or use a Reciprocal Teaching strategy to review and summarize the day's work.
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.