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How to use CSM Workouts (video) 

  1)  Have paper ready to write answers
  2)  Read Lesson Overview for hints & directions
       -print for note-taking  
  3) or View Video Tutorial 
       -pause, play, rewind, fast-forward
  4) or Practice with Flashcard Workout
       -Select number of problems, speed & music
       -Write your answers
       -Use space bar or "pause" button to pause
       -Adjust speed as needed during workout
       -Click "FINISH" and check answers
   5) Use self-error analysis ("Why did I miss that?")

Since answers are written, how the workouts are used and what is stressed can be adjusted for each student. CSM allows students to work in "steps" while learning


Early Elementary Demo
Elementary Level Demo
Middle School Level Demo
High School Level Demo
Write answers on paper
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latest  CSM "QUICK FIND"  - v11-0905 (.pdf 2pgs)
Table of Contents with list of Workouts by CSM Cluster and Workout Number

Math "Tool Belt"  (read NCTM article .pdf 1pg)
CSM develops vital "math tools" for students: Mental
Math Strategies; Paper & Pencil Skills;  and Vocabulary

"Automatic Recall"
(Federal Math Advisory
Final Report Executive Summary .pdf 20pgs)
The research now shows the importance of
"automatic recall" (memorization of basic computation
 facts and number sense) to Math Education.

JUST LIKE A MASTERING A VIDEO GAME - As students learn a new game or start a new level, they work in steps, getting better each time.  They learn as they go and build on skills they previously learned. CSM Workouts allow for the same type of permanent learning

Choose by
Number Sense

Choose by 
EE = K - 2 Basics
E = Elementary = 3-5
M = Middle School = 6-8
MH = Middle / HS = 7-12

Choose by 

Workout 7-2 means
CSM Disk 7, Lesson #2

Choose by
"WHAT's MY CLASS DOING" Read what the teacher has entered to 
work on outside of classroom


  • Fold paper into columns - do several workouts on one page
    • Make a graph to keep track of your progress
    • It make take several times of practice
  • Get as many in each section of 5 as you can
    • A Challenge makes it FUN
    • Don’t “master” all levels of a game the 1st time
    • Do 5 at a time, then restart
    • Be determined, stick with it
    • Get better, a little further each time you do it
    • Do over & over, you'll see & feel progress
    • REQUIRES Concentration & Repetition
  • Still challeging later - use to review & refresh skills
  • Bored? Frutstrated? Adjust speed, make it work for you
  • Writing answers in steps if needed (use reset key to get same problems again, then work on the next step)
  • Work with a partner and go as fast as you can. Let partner write answers for you so you can go as fast as you can!
  • Race your Teacher!


How do you learn skills, permanently?
-To learn permanently, research says you need to concentrate on & repeat skills. (details .pdf file)

-There are never enough mental math, number sense problems in the textbook, and worksheets don't create the sense of urgency needed to develop number sense skills.

Workouts move from problem to problem, automaticlly, to create urgency.

-Students write answers on paper, further promoting good problem solving skills - See it, Think It, Write It, and Move On to the next step.


Getting Rid of Math "Crutches"
State & National Standards stress the basic principle of NUMBER SENSE and ESTIMATION as vital for student success. Every standard stresses using all methods:

Paper & Pencil

Common Sense Math is designed to promote number sense and move students away from crutches (fingers, charts, grids, calculators, etc.) If we don't, they risk being dependent on them forever.

Developing skills that will help students in real-life situations, is a critical component of their education.


What is Math really ? ? ?

  • determining a pattern
  • proving a hypothesis
  • understanding the Math Theory
  • creating a set of steps
  • knowing the rule
  • developing a short-cut, then moving on

Do enough percent problems like 20% of $40.00 and a pattern develops, creating a set of steps or rules. Over time, you'll see one or more "short-cuts". Then, the problem becomes an easier problem like .20 x 40.
At some point, you don't need paper & pencil or a calculator to do this problem, you'll use your "short-cuts". There are many possible ways to solve the above problem mentally. With practice and the right tool, you'll find your way.


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