College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)
Grades 6-Algebra I
In the 2014-15 school year, Exeter students in 6th - 9th grades began using College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) as their primary math resource. Specifically, the Core Connections Courses 1, 2, and 3 will be used in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, respectively, and Algebra I Connections will become the primary resource for all students taking Algebra I.
CPM lessons are delivered in a variety of formats, each of which emphasizes research-based, best practices. Specifically, CPM draws from the volumes of research indicating that students can learn and apply fundamental concepts more successfully when they are taught through interactive, collaborative, and student-centered lessons. As such, a typical CPM math class will include guided investigations, math labs, and team-based problem-solving routines.
CPM will require students to learn and apply key mathematical concepts more deeply and reason effectively, while also providing the opportunities to communicate mathematically - all of which are highly valued skills in our ever-changing, technical world.For more information about this new secondary resource, please visit the CPM website
Big Ideas Mathematics
Big Ideas Math has been systematically developed using learning and instructional theory to ensure the quality of instruction. Students gain a deeper understanding of math concepts by narrowing their focus to fewer topics at each grade level. Students master content through inductive reasoning opportunities, engaging activities that provide deeper understanding, concise stepped-out examples, rich thought-provoking exercises, and a continual building on what has been previously taught.
Big Ideas Math delivers a rigorous curriculum providing a balanced instructional approach of discovery and direct instruction. This approach opens doors to abstract thought, reasoning, and inquiry as students persevere to answer the Essential Questions that drive instruction. Clearly stepped-out examples complete the lesson and provide students with the precise language and structure necessary to build mathematical understanding and proficiency.