College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)

What is CPM?

    • College Preparatory Mathematics
    • CPM was founded in California as a non-profit in 1989
    • Research-based principles
      1. “Students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea.
      2. Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse.
      3. Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over time.” (http://cpm.org/why-cpm/)

Roles of Teachers & Students

  • Forms of Teacher Interaction:

    • Facilitating learning with whole group, teams, & individuals
    • Clarifying instructions
    • Checking for understanding
    • Testing student results
    • Questioning student processes
    • Providing closure

    Forms of Student Interaction:

    • Participating in class
    • Completing daily review/preview
    • Bringing required materials
    • Assigned roles during teamwork:
      • Facilitator
      • Resource Manager
      • Recorder/Reporter
      • Task Manager

How Are Grades Earned?

  • Math 6, Math 7, Math 8, Pre-Algebra A, Pre-Algebra B

    Homework- 15%

    • “Review Preview”
      • Spiral review
    • ALEKS
      • 10 topics weekly
      • Percent goals quarterly

    Team Tasks- 15%

    • Assignments completed in class with teams of students

    Assessments- 70%

    • Individual
    • Taken in class
    • Similar to traditional quizzes/tests

    Grades will continue to be updated on Powerschool!

    Algebra 1 & Geometry

    Assignments 20%

    • “Review Preview”
      • Spiral review
    • Team tasks
      • Assignments completed in class with teams of students
    • ALEKS
      • 10 topics weekly
      • Percent goals quarterly

    Assessments- 80%

    • Individual
    • Taken in class
    • Similar to traditional quizzes/tests

    Grades will continue to be updated on Powerschool!

How Can Parents Help?

    • Parent Guides with extra practice are available for each course at the CPM website and through the eBook.  Both complimentary PDF and $20 print versions are available.
    • You can preview or review the lessons with your child using the Parent Guide.
    • If your son or daughter asks for help, ask them questions that will lead to their figuring out how to do the problem themselves.
    • Homework help at the CPM website
    • Discuss with your children the importance of mathematics for their future.
    • Encourage your children to study and take notes.
    • Ask questions about what they are doing in class.