How I Use It
I have used TTM in a variety of ways in the classroom. I have used it in small group/centers, part of after school tutoring, homework, for fast finishers. Students seem to enjoy TTM because it is at their level, and they can work at their pace. Also, they like that they can customize their character and pick a "coach" to guide them through the activities. Students have expressed that the feedback and explanations are helpful.
This is a very popular math center, and many of my students prefer to rush over to this one. I have managed to allow students to keep their own electronic devices at their desk, and use it when they finish early.
The program is great in that students advance at their own level and pace. The beginning placement test is used to start and continue a child at their level. The engaging math activities/game keep the kids interested. Also, I like that students are able to have the questions/answer choices read to them. This helps my dyslexic students and my students who life to just hear it read to them.
I prefer to use this program as reinforcement for students whether at home or during math rotations/small group. This program was set up for each classroom by our technology specialist on campus, so I did not fully explore all aspects of the program. As I have further delved into the program, I have begun to notice more features- such as selecting specific topics/units for students to focus on. I plan to use this a bit differently next year as opposed to how it is currently being used. Instead of having students move through quickly without really understanding each skill, I would go through the program in class.