Frequently Asked Questions
We have addressed many questions about implementing AMP21 over the years. These are the top questions about the program and how best to implement it in your classrooms.
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Short answer, yes!
In our middle school program, each activity includes a suggestion for a follow-up project that continue student learning of the concepts.
For our high school programs, all examples are scaled down real-world problems. Additional projects can explore larger real-world applications of the same skills.
Yes! The middle school teachers guide appears as a separate section for each activity. An electronic version of high school teachers guide is available upon request.
Online teacher training is coming August 2021.
The AMP21 middle school curriculum is designed to be supplemental to your current curriculum. It could be used to replace several weeks of teaching percentages or rates.
For high school, each AMP21 text is designed for an entire semester long course. However, many of our users elect to just use individual examples and chapters as supplementary material.
Yes. All middle school activities begin with “Number Talks” that are designed to develop and reinforce basic math skills. Also all activities can be worked as teams, enabling stronger students to assist weaker ones in a collaborative way.
If your child is becoming bored with math or asks “when am I ever going to use this?”, then AMP21 is your solution! If you would like to work on a math related project with your child, AMP21 activities offer many opportunities for you to assist them at home. These courses are specifically designed around how companies and organizations use math to make decisions. They will broaden your child’s understanding that mathematics is crucial to almost any modern career and not just traditional STEM careers.
AMP21 activities can help motivate the learning of math. These courses are ideal for students with little or no interest in taking a higher level math courses. They can improve student performance, as well as beef up college applications. These courses can also be used to teach a project based math course.
The unique format and real-world contexts of AMP21 math problems also provide many project ideas that help students learn perseverance and critical thinking skills.
The collection of activities was specifically designed to address the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The middle school teacher’s guide matches each activity skills with specific Standards. The high school curriculum specifically aligns with the Standards for Mathematical Practice for algebra and probability.
The first impression and concern is there is lot of reading, something students are unused to in math classes. Teachers usually start by having students take turns reading a sentence or paragraph out loud. This can lead to a class discussion as all activities are embedded in realistic scenarios. Over time the amount of reading out loud will diminish as students develop the critical skill of read and deciphering technical material.
This is currently being expanded.
Each high school textbook includes numerous word problems which have become a more significant part of SAT and other standardized tests. We have begun developing PSAT style question for 8th grade PSAT testing.
Teachers only need to know basic Excel skills. The curriculum is designed to progress Excel skills as it goes along. Students quickly pick up and master basic Excel skills used frequently in the course.
AMP21 will expand student’s understanding of the wide array of careers (not just STEM) that utilize good math skills. The courses also integrate Excel into the curriculum. Graduates report that these skills are very valuable in college courses especially in business based programs.