Growing Together: A Look at this year's CMP Summer Workshops

  • Jun 28, 2016

June 20 marked the kick off of the 21st annual Getting to Know CMP Workshops and the newly created Digging Deeper into CMP Workshop. Both workshops focused on enhancing mathematics education structure for middle school students.

CMP is a problem-centered curriculum developed at MSU that promotes an inquiry-based teaching and learning classroom environment. Important mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a sequenced set of problems that allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills.

“The emphasis on thinking and reasoning, on making sense of ideas, and on developing sound mathematical habits provides opportunities for students to learn in ways that can change how they think of themselves as learners of mathematics,” explained Elizabeth Phillips, co-author of the curriculum.  “Such a model promotes a different form of classroom interaction than has historically been used within mathematics instruction. Teaching mathematics through a sequence of connected problems in an inquiry-based classroom is a major shift for most teachers, as many did not learn mathematics in this way.”

Phillips and Glenda Lappan, MSU University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, along with the late MSU mathematics professor William Fitzgerald, James Fey from the University of Maryland and Susan Friel from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, developed CMP with funding from the National Science Foundation. The curriculum is now used in all 50 states and several international schools. The third edition of the curriculum, called CMP3, was published in fall 2013.

This year’s summer workshops had participants from 20 states and three foreign countries.

Photographs from the workshops are available.