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
It takes time to make the use of study team and teaching strategies a part of your day-to-day teaching. So does developing the ability to quickly choose appropriate strategies on a case-by-case basis. If you find you have not been using the study team and teaching strategies suggested in the lessons as well as you might, commit to picking just one to use this week and use it every day so that you and your students become comfortable using it.
One strategy that most teachers find easy to implement is the Huddle. You can use a Huddle to disseminate information or check for understanding. Another strategy that works well for students to share their thinking and see other ways of thinking is the Swapmeet. A Swapmeet can be done half way through or at the end of a problem or set of problems by sending two people from each team to a new team to share their work. After sufficient time, the team members who have been swapped return to their original team to share what they have learned.
Make it a goal this week to notice the positive behaviors in your classroom and to acknowledge them. When students see you giving attention to positive behaviors, they are more inclined to be on task so they, too, can have a similar "pat on the back." Saying things like, "I have two teams ready to go" instead of "I have six teams who aren't ready yet" and "I see a team that has solved the problem in two ways and is working on a third way" instead of "Hurry up, you are off task" often raises the behavior of all students.
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.