# Teachers Talking to Teachers

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

- Developing Efficient Algorithms: How Do Models Help?
- What's Problem 1.1 All About?
- Technology and CMP
- Changing Classroom Routines
- Using Talk Moves to Support Mathematical Discussions in a CMP Classroom
- Notebooks
- Differentiation
- Preparing, Questioning, and Scaffolding Considerations
- Formative Assessment
- New CMP Teacher Suggestions

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

## Developing Efficient Algorithms: How Do Models Help?

### 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

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?

Two CMP teachers 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

From the 2016 Getting to Know CMP Summer Workshops

Presented by Shawn Towle & Karrie Tufts

In these video, the teachers 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

### 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.

- Add-On's
- Calculators
- Color
- Dry Erase Desks
- Edit My Thought
- Gallery Walk
- Interactive Notebooks
- Spies
- Stations

### Jeopardy-Like Game Show for CMP Classrooms

Created by a teacher and sent to CMP, 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

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.

### Notebooks

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.

- Teri Keusch from the 2014 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Anne Marie Nicoll Turner from the 2014 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Yvonne Grant from the 2014 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Kathy Dole from the 2014 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Jim Mamer from the 2015 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Melanie Del Grosso from the 2015 Getting to Know CMP Workshops
- Anne Marie Nicoll Turner from the 2015 Getting to Know CMP Workshops

## 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.

- How do you convince students to work together?
*5 minutes 51 seconds* - Is it important all groups share their work in the summary?
*3 minutes 5 seconds* - How do I get away from helping too much?
*3 minutes 56 seconds* - What do you do when students get wrong answers?
*1 minute 50 seconds* - How do you decide what to assign for homework and how to grade it?
*2 minutes 20 seconds* - How do you use notebooks, especially for low level learners?
*3 minutes 43 seconds* - What do you do with students who finish ahead of others?
*2 minutes 26 seconds*