CALM is a CCRSAE-aligned curriculum that is designed to build strong conceptual understanding of Core Math Concepts through visual models that spark dialogue and give teachers insight into student’s reasoning.
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 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, 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 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.
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."