Teacher Review For TenMarks

Trouble for students as they cannot access math content through grammar errors and dense language.

Danielle M.
STEM Leader
Golf Middle School
Morton Grove, IL
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 1
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
We initially implemented TenMarks as part of our RtI program . It was utilize daily for 25 minutes in a classroom of 5-10 students with 1 instructor who circulated through the room to help support students as they needed help with the questions and content.
My Take
It was touted as the best aligned math support. Sadly as the questions became more and more difficult to tackle, I looked more deeply at the questions and realized that within the depth of language required for students to attack the math questions, they worded many of their answers grammatically incorrect! How horrible. So, to add insult to injury, we are trying desperately to align to the PARCC test and implement this program, yet, we have not forced them to use proper grammar such as definite and indefinite articles so students can properly chose an answer, which is imperative in the math choices. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between "a" and "the" when you are deciding which variable would fit in to solve an equation, especially when the question asks the student to select all the answers that apply. Happily, we agreed to reject this program after a year in our program. While at first glance, this program may seem to have all the bells and whistles, I would look more closely. they have also closed the parent portal effective October 2016. So far, Khan Academy still continues to outshine, from both the teacher report and parent interaction portals. I think the key is to review, review, and review.