How I Use It
When we initially began using this program, students worked on TenMarks assignments to reinforce/practice math skills. My classroom used devices (1:1) and worked through their assignments in one room, at the same time, and they were allowed to ask each other clarifying questions. Although some students seemed to like this strategy, I decided to change the structure of our use and incorporated TenMarks into my station rotation model. This proved to be a more successful form of implementing TenMarks as students were more focused on working through their individual assignments knowing that a subsequent station would allow them to discuss strategies more in-depth with their peers.
I appreciate how TenMarks takes other programs (that also use video instructions/flipped learning) to another level. Students are able to watch/replay instructional videos and move through assignments at their own pace, and they are allowed an opportunity to correct errors (once). For my class, this means students are more likely to take their time before answering questions (not a normal practice in our room). Additionally, using TenMarks in station rotation allows me to work with students in small groups to target interventions or "go deeper".
One issue I have with TenMarks is that I could only set up assignments through mid-July, although students wanted to use it through the entire summer break. There is an option for parents to set up summer content on TenMarks. I appreciate the ability to download letters for parents in their home language (spanish), but parents have also asked to be able to follow their child's progress in spanish as well.