How I Use It
My students use TTM during their computer time at least twice a week and they can use it at home if they wish. I have set class goals as well as having my own motivational bulletin board (Inside Out themed) outside of my classroom that tracks the students as they pass lessons. The students like seeing their name move along the number line trying to reach "Headquarters" which is 50 lessons passed. I also give incentives for 30 lessons and end-of-the year awards for those who complete 30 or more lessons.
Think Through Math takes the student from his/her own level and builds them up. There are motivational components built in to the program. The students love earning points and being able to "buy" different accessories for their avatars, but this can also be a "con" because students want to spend their time on the avatar and not actually working through the lessons. The class goals are also a nice incentive, but my students have yet to meet one because there are those students who would rather use their point on their avatar and leave the rest of the class in a bind. If there was a component that would allow teachers to limit the amount of avatar time and points that they can spend per day or week on the avatar, that would be nice. Also, when students fail a lesson twice, it would be nice if the teacher received a notification and had the option to freeze the student until the teacher could have a mini-lesson with him or her. Then the teacher could unlock the lesson for a third try after the student received a mini-lesson from the teacher.