How It Works!

HOW TO DO "ONLINE WORKOUTS" How to Log In & Select Workouts (video) How to use Video Tutorials (video) How to use CSM Workouts (video)
1) Have paper ready to write answers 2) Read Lesson Overview for hints & directions print for notetaking 3) or View Video Tutorial pause, play, rewind, fastforward 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 selferror analysis ("Why did I miss that?")
SOMETHING FOR ALL STUDENTS! 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


CLICK BELOW TO TRY A WORKOUT
Early Elementary Demo Elementary Level Demo Middle School Level Demo High School Level Demo Write answers on paper ««« (directions on left)


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 STANDARD Number Sense Algebra Geometry Measurement Data 
Choose by GRADE LEVEL EE = K  2 Basics E = Elementary = 35 M = Middle School = 68 MH = Middle / HS = 712 
Choose by WORKOUT # Workout 72 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

HINTS FOR DOING WORKOUTS:
 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

Use a VIDEO GAME PHILOSOPHY

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.
CSM 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:
Mental Paper & Pencil Calculators
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 reallife situations, is a critical component of their education.

What is Math really ? ? ?
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 "shortcuts". 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 "shortcuts". 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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