College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM), Core Connections, Course 1

CC1_HBThis year we are using an exciting math curriculum that will radically change the way math is taught and learned.  We are embarking on our CPM journey, and as we do so, we will encounter both challenges and successes on the way to enhanced mathematical understanding.

Once students are registered with CPM, students and parents can access the CPM textbook by clicking on the image of the math textbook and then entering the student username and password.  The online textbook is the complete textbook and also includes homework help, online math tools, videos to explain math concepts, and more.

To register for the first time, go to the CPM login page and follow the directions for registering.  To be provided an ebook license, you must copy and paste this token into the section provided:

Specifically for parents, there is a parent guide that includes extra practice.  The parent guide provides a brief restatement of the core concept, some typical examples, practice problems, and answers to those problems.

Detailed information about CPM is available on the College Preparatory Mathematics website, but an overview of key elements, as described on that website, is below.

Just what is CPM?  College Preparatory Mathematics began as an Eisenhower grant-funded mathematics project in 1989 to write textbooks to help students understand mathematics. CPM is now a nonprofit educational consortium, CPM Educational Program, Inc., managed and staffed by middle school and high school teachers that offers a complete mathematics program for grades six through 12 (Calculus).

CPM teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. Teaching strategies rely on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and are based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics. The research-based principles that guide the course are:

Mathematical Practices are deeply and seamlessly interwoven into the fabric of the daily lessons. The course balances procedural fluency (algorithms and basic skills), deep conceptual understanding, strategic competence (problem solving), and adaptive reasoning (transference and extension).

CPM’s Mission:  CPM’s mission is to empower mathematics students, engaging all students in learning mathematics through problem solving, reasoning, and communication.

CPM’s Vision:  CPM envisions a world where mathematics is viewed as intriguing and useful, and is appreciated by all; where powerful mathematical thinking is an essential, universal, and desirable trait; and where people are empowered by mathematical problem-solving and reasoning to solve the world’s problems.

CPM’s Philosophy:  Some might say that in a perfect world, no one would struggle with mathematics. We disagree! In a perfect world everyone enjoys a good struggle, realizing that with struggle comes learning as well a sense of accomplishment and pride. Mathematics should not frustrate anyone to the point of giving up, but beckon the learner with the challenge of a potential solution to a difficult problem.

We believe the beauty of mathematics should be visible and enjoyed by all. We understand that some people may not see the beauty yet, and might need guidance to gain the appreciation for mathematics we want everyone to have. Mathematics has the capacity to mesmerize and dazzle with its dance between complexity and simplicity. We believe everyone should delight in this dance.

Mathematics is not just a “pretty face” however! Mathematics is useful. It is the language of the sciences and of life. From the mathematical modeling of the growth of a colony of bacteria to the mathematics that explains the physics of an airplane’s flight, math permeates our lives. The landscaper who needs to know the amount of mulch to cover the garden spaces and the school cafeteria chef who needs to calculate a recipe for 400 students, both use mathematics to be successful. Daily, people use the power of mathematics to explain, explore, conjecture, test, and prove. The uses of mathematics are boundless.

CPM’s goal is to ensure that every student experiences both the beauty and the utility of mathematics. First and foremost, we strive to improve mathematics learning in classrooms everywhere. We do this with curriculum, which is engaging and thought provoking. We want mathematics classrooms from sixth grade through calculus, to come alive and be memorable for students. We push students to ask questions to make connections and deepen their conceptual understanding in addition to improving their skill base. With this increased understanding, the students can realize that the mathematics truly makes sense.