Does CALM satisfy the curriculum requirements from ACLS?
YES! Click here for a summary of those requirements (all of which are incorporated into CALM).
How is CALM different from what I'm already doing?
One of the key shifts in mathematics teaching described in the CCRSAE is rigor, which says that math instruction should incorporate conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity. Traditional math instruction generally focuses on memorizing procedures. The main focus of CALM is conceptual understanding, and application is addressed through performance-based assessments. Procedural skill and fluency is built through work on conceptual understanding and application. CALM focuses on connections throughout, so what students learn in Unit 1 is reinforced and built on in later units. CALM does not teach a unit on fractions, then a unit on geometry, etc. as is done in traditional workbooks. Instead CALM integrates the domains so that students see connections and understand how math is an integrated set of coherent big ideas.
What exactly does CALM cover?
CALM covers selected topics in levels A-D/E of the CCRSAE. The selection of topics was guided by what students need to be college ready. Take a look at the Scope and Sequence to see what math content is covered and how it develops across the units.
Will CALM prepare my students for the MAPT and HSE tests?
CALM was designed to bring students from the ABE level through college readiness and that means passing an HSE test with a college ready score and placing into a credit-bearing class on the ACCUPLACER. In addition to a variety of hands-on, real-world lessons and activities, CALM includes a set of questions at the end of every unit that are written in the style of standardized tests. Even if you don’t complete all of CALM with your students, the conceptual foundation they build with CALM will improve their scores on the tests as well as preparing them for math beyond the test.
I have a multilevel classroom. Will CALM still work?
CALM assumes that every class is multilevel. Each student builds her own understanding through explorations. For almost every lesson, there is a section for further practice for those who need it.
How do I use CALM when I have limited time?
A curriculum is a framework that gives you, the teacher, a road map to follow. CALM is a full curriculum that covers all the math an adult learner needs to advance along a path to college or career. The whole curriculum comprises 22 units which are estimated to take between 9 and 21 hours each. While there are some topics that should be addressed at all levels, beyond those, you will need to adapt CALM in a way that makes sense for moving your students forward from where they are. (See the introduction for more information about how to use CALM at different levels.)
What are all the components of CALM?
CALM lesson plans use a variety of materials and tools, some of which may already exist in your classroom. CALM includes handouts, answer keys, formative assessments, and unit assessments throughout the units; however, you will need to have some outside resources. Specifically, CALM uses the EMPower series heavily and also references many free online resources.