This Fall as school begins many of our secondary students will experience a new math textbook. As part of our curriculum resource timeline, a team of Grades 6-12 teachers met throughout the 2016-17 year to review resources for a math resource adoption. They reviewed many math resources based on their alignment to the Ohio’s State Standards, our district’s area of focus, and best practices in how students learn math. As a result, the committee selected College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) for grades 6 through Integrated Math III.
In what we know about good math instruction, students learn mathematics best when they have a better conceptual understanding of formulas and math processes, rather than memorizing facts and filling out worksheets. With CPM, students will engage in exploring conceptual understanding through modeling and reasoning, build procedural knowledge and fluency, as well as apply mathematics to real world experiences.
CPM’s vision is 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.
In order to allow students to better understand math concepts instead of simply performing steps, classroom instruction will look differently. Classroom instruction will be designed to promote mathematical discourse and develop a conceptual understanding of math formulas and processes. In addition, students will write more to explain their thinking.
Teachers attended a four-day training to understand how to teach in this new approach. 4 additional professional development days will be provided throughout the school year. Based on this new curriculum resource, we expect students will be engaging in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea. Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students will work in study teams to clarify their thinking and deepen their understanding of math properties, rules, and concepts. Please note that students will practice with concepts and procedures over time; that is, mastery comes over time. Because learning is a process, students will have the opportunity to learn from mistakes and grow in a safe environment.
Our staff is excited to continue providing high quality learning opportunities for our students to learn and be prepare for life beyond high school. For additional information about this new resource, please talk with your child’s teacher or visit the CPM Parent Support Page.
- Tom Kaczmarek, Worthington Schools Mathematics Curriculum Leader