Teacher Review For Think Through Math

Phenomenal Way to Get Students Targeted Practice to Fill in Learning Gaps

Carissa R.
Classroom teacher
KIPP Academy Middle
Houston, TX
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Math
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
I use TTM in order to split my 8th grade math and Algebra classes in half. For 20 minutes, Group A is on TTM while Group B is with me learning the daily lesson. For the next 20 minutes, Group A is with me learning the daily lesson while Group B does independent practice from the daily lesson. For the last 20 minutes Group A is completing independent practice from the daily lesson while Group B does TTM. This is my first year implementing the Eureka Math curriculum in my Texas classroom, so I am using TTM for a variety of reasons. 1) To ensure sufficient practice with and exposure to the grade-level TEKS; 2) to allow me to differentiate my instruction of the Eureka Math curriculum more efficiently (my 2 groups that I split the class into are homogenous); and 3) to differentiate to the MANY different levels I have within my class. My students are required to complete 2 lessons a week (this becomes their weekend homework and is checked on Mondays). Ideally they complete these 2 lessons during their 20 minutes/day (at least 3-4 days a week that I do these 20 minute rotations) of working on TTM in class.
My Take
I LOVE TTM so far. It is new to me this year but so far my students are highly engaged in it. I feel like it is going to really help struggling students to catch up through the individualized instruction they receive in TTM that I'm simply not able to do with 100 students.