Teacher Review for Think Through Math

TTM -- The Perfect Individualized Math Tool

Ed R.
Classroom teacher
Fernwood Middle School
Egg Harbor Township, United States
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My Subjects Math
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Special needs
How I Use It
In my classroom, students use TTM on a daily basis. My co-teacher and I rotate ten iPads through 25 students. Each day, we use TTM as part of our warmups. One group will get on the iPads to work on TTM while the other two groups work on a paper warmup containing recently learned concepts. Students are also encouraged to sign out iPads during our tutorial period. Many of our students need motivation to consistently work on anything school related. We motivate our students in a number of ways. They include treats and competitions, as well as weekend challenges and the built-in TTM rewards for the classroom goal. Students work toward their goals while either working on skills that they've struggled on or moving forward to skills they have yet to learn. TTM provides practice on grade level skills that need to be mastered, as well as filling in the blanks for skills that need work and enabling higher-achieving students the ability to work past what they are expected to know at grade level.
My Take
I tell anyone who is willing to listen that TTM is amazing. I love how the program takes data from the placement test and assigns lessons as needed. No two pathways are same. Students are assigned lessons based on previous performance. As educators, we all know that differentiated instruction is key to student learning. This tool helps us to remediate and challenge as needed. We also don't have a lot of time to remediate all those skills that some students are lacking. TTM does that for us. It's a great tool to use in any math classroom and our students enjoy using it.