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When I started my teaching career, I was very traditional. Students sat in rows, I lectured for 40 minutes every day, and problems had to be done using the methods I outlined. When the nearby school district began using the CPM materials, I made as much noise as possible in the community against the program.

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With CPM my students are involved in the lessons and willing to work for the full class period. Even though they sometimes complain that "this math makes my head hurt," they continue to work on the math and make significant gains.

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When I taught with a traditional book, my students would not even try a problem unless I showed them how to do a problem just like the one they were going to get for homework. Now, with CPM I can give any problem to students and they will always try to work through it, whether it is a problem that they have seen before or a completely new concept.

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I feel that students are becoming stronger math students by using CPM textbooks. They have a better understanding of the concepts behind the mathematics rather than just plugging numbers into formulas and trying to cookie cut ever problem into similar type problems.

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