Discover and Explore Tile & Probability eTools

Virtual Math eTools Usage:

• to construct a deeper understanding of many major mathematical concepts
• to view a visual model of mathematical concepts
• to make connections between various representations of mathematical concepts
• to allow students to experiment with mathematical ideas and concepts manipulatively

Tutorials for Creating with Virtual Math eTools:

• Adding Notes & Custom Options provide users a tutorial to customize their Virtual Math eTools by adding title, description, and enable/disable the tools they want to show.
• Using General Tools provide users a tutorial to add text, pattern tiles, colored dots, and colored lines.

CPM Tiles:

• CPM Tiles allows the user to choose from the variety of options.
• Algebra Tiles consist of moveable tiles to represent variables such as x, y, their squares, as well as a tile to represent a single. These tiles can be arranged to create models for many mathematical concepts.
• Area and Perimeter tiles help students understand the difference between area and perimeter by creating and explaining models they create.
The “Using and Area and Perimeter” tutorial will walk your student through the process of creating an area and/or perimeter diagram and saving their work.

CPM Probability:

• Probability Tools allow students to create simulations and models for understanding and explaining probability concepts.
• Probability Tutorials provide students with tutorials for using and creating their own probability models.

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Foundations for Implementation

This professional learning is designed for teachers as they begin their implementation of CPM. This series contains multiple components and is grounded in multiple active experiences delivered over the first year. This learning experience will encourage teachers to adjust their instructional practices, expand their content knowledge, and challenge their beliefs about teaching and learning. Teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience with CPM with emphasis on what they will be teaching. Throughout this series educators will experience the mathematics, consider instructional practices, and learn about the classroom environment necessary for a successful implementation of CPM curriculum resources.

Page 2 of the Professional Learning Progression (PDF) describes all of the components of this learning event and the additional support available. Teachers new to a course, but have previously attended Foundations for Implementation, can choose to engage in the course Content Modules in the Professional Learning Portal rather than attending the entire series of learning events again.

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Building on Instructional Practice Series

The Building on Instructional Practice Series consists of three different events – Building on Discourse, Building on Assessment, Building on Equity – that are designed for teachers with a minimum of one year of experience teaching with CPM instructional materials and who have completed the Foundations for Implementation Series.

Building on Equity

In Building on Equity, participants will learn how to include equitable practices in their classroom and support traditionally underserved students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Essential questions include: How do I shift dependent learners into independent learners? How does my own math identity and cultural background impact my classroom? The focus of day one is equitable classroom culture. Participants will reflect on how their math identity and mindsets impact student learning. They will begin working on a plan for Chapter 1 that creates an equitable classroom culture. The focus of day two and three is implementing equitable tasks. Participants will develop their use of the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Meaningful Mathematical Discussions and curate strategies for supporting all students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Participants will use an equity lens to reflect on and revise their Chapter 1 lesson plans.

Building on Assessment

In Building on Assessment, participants will apply assessment research and develop methods to provide feedback to students and inform equitable assessment decisions. On day one, participants will align assessment practices with learning progressions and the principle of mastery over time as well as write assessment items. During day two, participants will develop rubrics, explore alternate types of assessment, and plan for implementation that supports student ownership. On the third day, participants will develop strategies to monitor progress and provide evidence of proficiency with identified mathematics content and practices. Participants will develop assessment action plans that will encourage continued collaboration within their learning community.

Building on Discourse

In Building on Discourse, participants will improve their ability to facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse. This learning experience will encourage participants to adjust their instructional practices in the areas of sharing math authority, developing independent learners, and the creation of equitable classroom environments. Participants will plan for student learning by using teaching practices such as posing purposeful questioning, supporting productive struggle, and facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse. In doing so, participants learn to support students collaboratively engaged with rich tasks with all elements of the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices incorporated through intentional and reflective planning.