There are always so many things to do in preparation for a new school year. At this point of the summer, to-do lists start getting made, materials get purchased, rooms are organized, and math class planning begins. Whether you are using the *IM 6–8 Math* curriculum for the first time or entering your second or third year with the program, there are always new things to learn. While the Illustrative Mathematics blog is packed with great information from curriculum authors, teachers, and coaches, it can often be a job in and of itself to narrow down what to read.

To save you some time, I combed through the posts on IM’s blog and chose three posts for four different purposes that can help start off your year with the curriculum on the right foot. Simply find which question(s) intrigues you the most, and jump right in!

### Curious about overarching design decisions in the curriculum?

- Respecting the Intellectual Work of the Grade
- Vocabulary Decisions
- Assessment Principles in
*Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math*

### Want to learn more about the routines and lesson plan structures used to support teachers and students?

- Warm-up Routines With a Purpose
- The 5 Practices in a Lesson Framework: Explicit Planning vs Explicit Teaching
- Info Gap Cards: The Hidden Gem

### Need support for successful implementation of the curriculum?

- Building a Supportive Home/School Partnership
- Building a Mathematical Classroom Community
- Learning Goals and Learning Targets

### Interested in learning more about the math in the curriculum units?

- On Similar Triangles
- Truth and Consequences: Talking About Solving Equations
- Why We Don’t Cross Multiply

### Next Steps

We would love to hear your reflections on the posts here in the comments section or share your back-to-school planning ideas with us on Twitter using the #LearnWithIM hashtag.

Do you have a letter for families that introduces the IM curriculum? Many parents are new to this type of teaching and learning.

Thank you for your interest. The letter is coming and will be posted on the Kendall Hunt site very soon. One it is posted we will add the link here. Thank you