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The 2012 edition of Connecting Math Concepts: Comprehensive Edition (CMCCE) provides a number of improvements to the previous edition of CMCCE. Most instructional strategies are the same as those of the earlier editions; however, the procedures for teaching these strategies have been greatly modified to address problems in presentation of the content to serve at-risk students more effectively. The 2012 edition of CMCCE has also been revised on the basis of field-testing.

The 2012 edition of CMCCE now includes:

  • More oral work than earlier editions. This work is presented as “hot series” of tasks. The series are designed so that students respond to ten or more related questions or directions per minute; therefore, these series allow the teacher to portray more information about an operation or discrimination in a shorter period of time.

  • Content addressing all standards specified in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. In Levels A and B, students learn the component skills and operations required to provide a solid foundation in topics involving place value and operations, money, geometry, measurement and data and word problems.

    In Levels C and D, students apply these component skills and operations to more complicated computational procedures and problem solving strategies. Levels E and F expand the computational procedures and problem solving strategies to multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, ratios and functions.

  • Technology components and other support/enhancements. These include displays in the Teacher Presentation Books, Workbook and Answer Key pages reduced in the Teacher Presentation Books, a Student Assessment Book with all program assessments in one location, student Practice Software and the ability to plan and review lessons online via ConnectED. This newest edition of CMCCE also comes with a Board Displays CD (also available online) that improves the precision of instruction, the quantity of material that is covered in a single lesson’s time and the communication of content, all while reducing teacher preparation time.

Currently, the first three levels of CMCCE are available: Levels A, B and C. Levels D and E are scheduled for release for the 2012-13 school year. Additional information is available on McGraw-Hill’s webpage, including sample lessons, placement tests and CMCCE’s digital resources. Of particular importance is the correlation of CMCCE to the Common Core Standards. All of these tools can be found by clicking on the “Learn More” button located on the right hand side of the program’s webpage. Please note that not all program levels are currently available. As programs and supporting tools become available, additional information will be posted.

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IMPORTANT: This tutorial is an intensive video series comprised of 18 segments, each followed by a series of questions. Users should allow approximately three hours to watch the videos and complete the questions. NIFDI recognizes the high demand for time placed on school officials and, for this reason, has structured the tutorial so users may stop at any time and later resume where they left off.

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