Remember to keep parents informed and involved whenever and however possible. If your school does an open house or back-to-school night, this is a perfect time to do a problem that shows the understanding of a topic familiar to them. This is critical.Hopefully they will then say, “Why didn’t they teach it to us this way?” If you don’t have a means of meeting parents face-to-face, creating a brochure or simple note describing your class and the available CPM resources is a great way to get out information. Simply adding the cpm.org website link to any general correspondence will remind parents where to go for answers to many of their questions.
One idea to improve communication is to enlist your students’ help by sending home one problem related to the class work you have been working on with the assignment for each student to explain their work to his or her parent. Ask for parent feedback in the form of a short response to a few questions on the concept and a summary of the explanation given by their child.
Remember that the Parent Guide is an excellent resource for parents who want to follow along with what is happening in class or to work with their child on a specific concept. The Math Notes boxes in the text and CPM Homework Help also offer support for parents who wish to help with homework.
Finally, remember the parent portal at cpm.org that contains a great deal of valuable information. Don’t wait for misinterpretations or misconceptions about CPM to develop. Be proactive and positive from the start.
Changing Math: Parent's Roles
Discuss with your children the importance of mathematics for their future.
• Instill in them the idea that they can learn mathematics.
• Encourage your children to study and take notes.
• Ask questions about what they are doing in class.
• If your son or daughter asks for help, ask them questions that will lead to their figuring out how to do the problem themselves.
• Be aware of current research about learning mathematics.