Teacher Review For Reasoning Mind

Challenging program that promotes higher level thinking in math

Tonya T.
Classroom teacher
Cox Landing Elementary School
Lesage, WV
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My Grades 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This product is used as a supplement to my core math curriculum in fifth grade. We use it 3 to 4 times a week for 45 minutes. The challenging program teaches fifth grade NexGen standards in depth, and encourages critical thinking. It is motivating and appealing to the students. However, as a full time curriculum, which is only offered for fifth grade, it requires too much time online per day. Students get tired, and the teacher is not delivering the core math content.
My Take
My overall opinion is that this is an excellent supplement to the core math curriculum. It is very challenging, and students need to be taught how to think, which this program does. I like the wide array of motivational techniques and tools, and the opportunity for students to track their own progress toward their goals. Also, the data provided to the teacher is exceptional. On the other hand, some of the instructional screens are a little wordy. The students see all those words, and sometimes paragraphs, on one page and they decide it is too much and choose to skim it, which is not effective. The content is too involved to be skimmed. Reading it quickly instead of carefully decreases student comprehension.