"I recently took an orientation of CALM, the Curriculum of Adult Learners for Math, which was so powerful, and I really like it. I have been implementing ...this year and observing positive outcomes in my classroom. I look forward to improving my practice..."
"I am implementing the CALM in my Adult Basic Education classes...to focus more on building conceptual understanding, rather than memorizing procedures of operations in isolation…makes much more sense to understand by showing what we're doing visually. [CALM] addresses the CCRSAE for Math rigorously, so I am very excited about the shift and knowledge that I'm building to improve my practice."
Do you have some curriculum pieces in place but can’t figure out how to connect them while also incorporating the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)? Does your present draft curriculum look very similar to what already exists in most workbooks and published texts? Does your present curriculum seem to focus primarily on procedures, drill, and memorization?
If so, it sounds like you could use some support! Maybe CALM is for you! CALM — Curriculum for Adults Learning Math — incorporates the CCRSAE content standards as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practice. It also clearly addresses the key instructional shifts: focus, coherence, and rigor. CALM does not include every single standard, but rather focuses on those key standards needed for adults to be successful math thinkers. CALM follows a coherent continuum that helps students developmentally progress through math topics by making connections among different math content. And, CALM addresses all three aspects of rigor: conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency.
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If you are working on your own math curriculum and would like feedback or advice, please feel free to contact the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.