Dear math teachers, My district uses Connected Math for the curriculum, and I've been very frustrated with trying to make it work for me. I have 2 main problems: 1. No textbook examples. Students and parents have a hellish time helping their kids because the books don't have any example on problem solving. Connected Math (CMP) uses an investigation model and requires that kids discover math on their own. After they discover math, they need to take great notes on how to do the problems. Otherwise, they have nothing to work with when they are working on the problems at home. Lately, I have been resorting to the old-fashioned style of lecturing at the board and going over problems and solutions and then launching into CMP based lesson. If there are other CMP teachers reading, please let me know how I can improve. 2. Making math fun This is an age-old dilemma: Math is boring. Much of this problem rests with my instruction, and I've been scrambling to find books on how making my instruction interesting. The kids are bored to death in my class, and this is leading to lack of engagement and contributing to the behavior problems. Because I teach middle school, this is a tricky issue. There are a lot of great math teachers who read these forums - I desperately need help here. If you can provide books or advice, it would be much appreciated. Thank You!