CMP3 essential ideas tables
Connected Mathematics (CMP3) “…helps students and teachers develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and skill along with an awareness of and appreciation for the rich connections among mathematical strands….” (Lappan, Phillips, Fey, Friel: 2014 p4). Students are given the chance to discover mathematical concepts and then revisit them in new contexts as their understanding deepens. Given this, it can be difficult for teachers unfamiliar with the curriculum to know what students are expected to know before beginning a problem, what they will discover through the activity, what must be formalized and mastered, and what ideas will be reinforced later. In this activity, teachers are provided with a model for the first unit of the year, and given a process for creating Essential Ideas Tables for other units. This collaborative creation of the resource will help teachers learn the curriculum and make smarter decisions about pacing as they teach the units.