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
Remember that changing study teams every couple of weeks or every chapter is a good rule of thumb. When deciding how to form teams, consider which of three main grouping techniques you prefer: Fixed (assigned), Random, or Fixed-Random. If you are choosing Fixed groups, you use your knowledge of your students' abilities and limitations to determine the teams. For example, you might decide to put teams together with a high, a low and two average students, or to group students based on their ability to cooperate with each other. Random grouping, as the term implies, can be done with a deck of cards, or using any of a number of random grouping ideas found at the link above. Fixed-random grouping is where you have individual team members of existing teams move to another team. For example, have all Resource Managers move one table clockwise, or ask whoever has the most siblings to move two tables away. Keep asking for movement until you have mixed up the teams to your satisfaction. (Note: This kind of team restructuring can also be used as an icebreaker.)
When you do create new teams, remember to do a quick icebreaker so students will feel more comfortable with each other and be more willing to share their thinking. Specific icebreakers are not always included in the text, so you will want to choose one of your own that fits into your lesson plan. There are several icebreakers to choose from and additional ideas at http://www.cpm.org/teachers/study.htm
This week is an excellent time for a Participation Quiz if you have not done one already. See the assessment handbook in the front tabs of your teacher's edition for multiple suggestions on ways to do Participation Quizzes. Each chapter assessment plan suggests where a participation quiz might be appropriate. Concentrate on team skills that you want to see improved. A video of a participation quiz is at http://www.cpm.org/teachers/PD/PDvideo37.htm.
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 August 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.