This Week’s News

We have recently crossed some important milestones in the sixth grade year. We have finished the long term research report, taken the Kenilworth math placement test, and toured the campus of Kenilworth. With all of that our of the way, it is time to focus our attention on consolidating important skills. High on the list are things like paraphrasing, attention to precision, breaking large tasks into manageable bits, focusing in class, and asking questions to clarify understanding. These are the hallmarks of good students, and then in turn, good members of society and the workforce.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 20

In the CPM program instruction is differentiated by the way students approach problems. Theorist Jerome Bruner states that the ideal progression of activities for learners is to go through the enactive stage (this would be using concrete materials– integer tiles, algebra tiles, models including computer-generated ones, etc.), then the iconic stage, in which students draw pictures or use mental imagery developed from their experience with the concrete materials, and then move to the use of symbols to represent the concrete. In a CPM classroom students are allowed to move on to the iconic and then the symbolic stage as they are ready, while the physical models remain available for those who need them.

For Students:

Use Appropriate Tools Strategically

Determining when to use a calculator, draw a sketch, or use technology is important in mathematics.  Think about your prior work to figure out which tool to use.  A tool should help you strengthen your understanding, not just give an answer.

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