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How does CSM align to Common Core Standards?
CSM is exactly what Common Core is all about - FLUENCY and BUILDING ON SKILLS. Common Core emphasizes the importance of understanding how and why a concept works and then, knowing multiple ways to represent to prove it. When that happens and we become FLUENT with the concept, we say it is a "short-cut"!! Then we build on that short-cut to prove the next, and so on. Eventually, higher level math and problem solving is just a big puzzle of many, many pieces (concepts) working together. Video TUTORIALS are GREAT HOWs & WHYs!! WORKOUTS are PERFECT PRACTICE and APPLICATION. CSM is AWESOME FOR REVIEW!!!


What grade levels are the CSM Workouts for?
CSM is a tool to supplement learning at school and at home. It can reach all grade levels, depending on the level of the student(s). A struggling 7th grader may need the Elementary Workouts in order to fill in gaps and catch up; but another 7th grader may excel at math and want to further expand skills with upper level Workouts.

Can I use Workouts from other grade levels?
Sure. That's the point of CSM. It is flexible with good "problems" that you can use in a variety of ways. Change the expectations you have for your students. Use to review or to expand what you are doing.

What do the levels EE, E, EM, M, MH mean?
Levels are generally when a concept is started and/or mastered. EE = Early Elementary(K-2;) E = Elementary(3-5) EM = Elementary / Middle(4-7) M = Middle School (6-8); MH = Middle / High ((7-9); H = High School (9-10) REMEMBER, lower level Workouts are review for needed skills at the next level. EXAMPLE: telling time is a E or EE concept, but analog clock face can be used to help with types of angles like obtuse, acute and right in upper grades.


My 8th grade student has to use his fingers to do his homework. It drives me crazy and it takes forever. What can I do to help him.
Start with Workouts 1-1 to 1-5, multiplication and division facts and Workouts 8-1 to 8-2, addition & subtraction facts. You may be suprised that he can do it, he's just developed a bad habit. Then, apply the basics to Mental Math Workouts (1-6 to 1-9). Keep going to other Workouts, continually applying the basics.

I'm a college student. Can Common Sense Math help me pass the placement test and get to College Algebra?
Yes. Placement tests have a variety of basic skills and vocabulary. Start with Disk 1 - Mental Math Workouts. Read the Lesson Overviews, watch the Video Tutoring,and do the Workouts to refresh those skills.


Do you have Common Sense Math Workshops?
Yes. They are available for 1 hr college credit, and are very worthwhile whether you have Common Sense Math resources or not. You'll get tips, tricks and tools for from all the Workouts that can easily supplement your class.


Is there a way to use CSM with grading software using phones and personal devices?
YES!!! The CSM Teacher Resource Kit includes Power Points and thousands of pictures (jpegs) that can be imported into most any software.

How do I get the "Clicker" Databases? They look awesome!
They are included in the teacher kit and will soon be available for download.