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Teachers Talking to Teachers

 The following items are directly from experienced CMP teachers. Topics include:

Each item contains valuable insights and suggestions that can inform teachers' planning, teaching, assessing, and reflecting.


Mary Beth Schmitt

Are We Ever Going To Get There?
From the 2019 CMP Users' Conference
Presented by Mary Beth Schmitt

Are you feeling overwhelmed that there is never enough time? Explore with Mary Beth Schmitt strategies for pacing and prioritizing lesson designs and implementation so that students experience more in a year.

Developing Efficient Algorithms: How Do Models Help?

Carolyn Droll Jan Robinson

Dividing Fractions: Let's Be Rational Problem 3.1 and 3.2
From the 2017 Users' Conference
Presented by Carolyn Droll & Jan Robinson

How can we think of making models as more than just drawing pictures? Using Let's Be Rational Problem 3.1 and Problem 3.2, two CMP teachers look at and analyze how students’ models can lead to division of fraction algorithms.


What's Problem 1.1 All About 

Cynthia Callard Jennifer Kruger

From the 2016 Users' Conference
Presented by Cynthia Callard & Jennifer Kruger

Have you ever looked at the first problem in a CMP unit and wondered why these questions are being asked of students first thing? Have you ever wondered how students are expected to engage in these problems so early on in a unit?!? What is the purpose of these problems?

CMP teachers Cynthia and Jennifer, discuss a variety of purposes and possibilities for the use of Problem 1.1 and how to get the most “bang for your buck,” including how Problem 1.1 can be used as a formative assessment tool.


Technology and CMP 

Shawn Towle Karrie Tufts

From the 2016 Getting to Know CMP Summer Workshops
Presented by Shawn Towle & Karrie Tufts

Shawn and Karrie share strategies for implementing the use of technology in CMP classrooms. The teachers share their decision making process for choosing technology resources as well as their experience in one-to-one classrooms.


Changing Classroom Routines 

Kay Neuse

Strategies that Engage Students
From the 2016 Users' Conference
Presented by Kay Neuse

Are you tired of the same old routine? In the video of this session, Kay suggests way to shake it up a bit by incorporating some instructional strategies that are engaging for the students. Snowball fights, Secret Spies, and Celebrity Quizzes are only a few of the examples that will get your students motivated and smiling.

Jeopardy-Like Game Show for CMP Classrooms

Created by a CMP Teacher

This powerpoint was designed for teachers to use during or at the end of a Unit or as a review at the end of the year. Categories, questions, and answers can all be changed so teachers can adapt the game to the needs of their students.

This is a powerpoint version of the Math Fever game from the Grade 7 Unit, Accentuate the Negative. The powerpoint was created for the CMP2 version of the MathMania. It was inteded to review topics prior to Accentuate the Negative as a way for the class to explore getting "negative" and "positive" points. The current powerpoint includes the following topics from Grades 6 and 7: Operations with Fractions; Similarity; Probability; Area and Perimeter; Factors and Multiples.


Using Talk Moves to Support Mathematical Discussions in a CMP Classroom 

From the 2016 Users' Conference
Presented by Cynthia Callard & Jennifer Kruger

Cynthia Callard Jennifer Kruger

Engaging students in mathematical discussions in a CMP classroom is an important part of the learning process. While students may be engaged with the problem and finding a solution, they sometimes are reluctant to share their strategies or questions.

Two CMP teachers explore some powerful “talk moves” (Chapin, O'Connor and Anderson, 2009) that they use with their CMP classes.



From the 2014 and 2015 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
Presenters: Experienced CMP Teachers

In these videos, each teacher shares strategies for maintaining and assessing student notebooks. The teachers also discuss ideas for grouping students and getting students to participate in note taking, mathematical reflections, and taking ownership of their learning.



From the 2010 CMP Users' Conference. Videos from a variety of presenters.


Preparing, Questioning, and Scaffolding  

From the 2010 Users' Conference
Presented by Whitney Evans and Jim Wohlgenhagen

This video provides “key ingredients” for preparing an effective lesson. The presenters talk specifically about preparing questions to help students access the mathematics at differentiated levels.


Formative Assessment  

From the 2010 Users' Conference
Presented by Whitney Evans, Jim Wohlgehagen, and Jenny Jorgensen

This video provides a few strategies for gathering information from students. The purpose for using these strategies is to assess the students learning to make instructional decisions that meet the needs of all students.


New CMP Teacher Suggestions  

From the 2010 Users' Conference
Presented by Yvonne Grant, Teri Keusch, and Jim Mamer

Questions asked by Ryan Hoffman (a student teacher in a CMP classroom), Jill Newton (assistant professor at Purdue University who supervisors student teachers), and audience members.

A beginning CMP teacher and a professor who works with beginning CMP teachers ask questions of long-time CMP teachers.