Welcome back to another school year! I am very excited to meet our new 7th grade students and reacquaint myself with this year’s 8th graders! This will be our second year working with the CPM (College Preparatory Math) Program. Although CPM predates the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice by about 20 years, very similar practices have always been a core and integral part of CPM curriculum materials.
The CPM Program has provided problem-based instructional materials and professional development for teachers since its inception in 1989. The program’s teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. We believe students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse, and practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time, that is, mastery comes over time.
On a daily basis, students using CPM to employ problem solving strategies, question, investigate, analyze critically, gather and construct evidence, and communicate rigorous arguments to justify their thinking. Students will build problem-solving strategies that apply to most academic disciplines, the workplace, and daily life.
Communication is a key component of our middle school math program. While students are solving problems, they are communicating their thinking and understanding, both formally and informally, whether they are writing or speaking out loud. Communication helps to clarify students’ thinking. Most importantly, it prepares them for sharing their ideas in professional settings in the future.
If you would like to learn more about my grading policy, homework expectations or any other aspect of 7/8 Math, please scroll down to the attached files (Course Descriptions/Curriculum). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call (652-2635 x119) or send an email. If meetings are more favorable to you, I can generally meet after school on any day but Mondays (schedule permitting) to talk about the math program.
Tim Ahrens, 7/8 Math
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