How I Use It
I have used this Reasoning Mind as both the main math curriculum and as a supplemental program. I liked the program because of the way it breaks down the skills needed for each objective. It also provides higher level thinking problems once the students have mastered the objectives. If a student has problems then it will break down each skill and flag that student so that the teacher needs help.
I didn't like using it as the main math curriculum because of the time constraints. The students were required to be on the program 90 minutes per day. If the student wasn't self motivated then they had issues staying focused and keeping up their motivation to complete the objectives. The students did not like being on the computer for that amount of time. However, as the main curriculum it provided more higher level thinking questions for each objective.
As a supplemental program the time constraints are 45 minutes 3 days a week. The students didn't mind being on the computer for this amount of time. The students were not able to get to the higher level thinking problems due to the amount of objectives that are to be covered except for review mode.
There is a lot of data that is provided to the teacher as the students go through the program. The support from the company is wonderful. The program can be set to read to individual students.
I would use it only as a supplemental program. I liked how it broke down the skills needed for the students to complete the objectives. I would like to see a pretest given to the kids at the start of the objective so that if kids could do the skills then the higher level thinking questions would be assigned instead of the students having to go through the steps and the basic problems of the objectives.