Teacher Review For Think Through Math

Review of Think Through Math

Lina G.
Classroom teacher
Burlingame Intermediate School
Burlingame, CA
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Math, Science
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
You can set aside a few periods per week for in-class practice. If most of your students are working on similar content, you could feasibly use lessons to introduce new concepts before you teach them yourself. TTM aligns with the California Common Core State Standards.
My Take
My favorite aspect is the live teacher support for the students. When my students get stuck and I'm not available to help them, they can live chat with a Think Through Math teacher. A cool part of TTM is the progress bar at the top of the page that lets them know where they are in a lesson - pre-test, warm-up, guided practice, independent practice, or post-test. The warm-up is usually a game and the students find those to be very engaging. The guided practice and independent practice are more like traditional pencil and paper tasks (which means that they translate well to test-taking success!) and the students earn coins for completing these tasks. The coins are used for avatar accessories and the pricing and number accessories has kept my students engaged with TTM for months, where other programs either make it too hard or too easy to purchase reward items and the kids lose interest. The one thing I would suggest that TTM develop in the future, is a way to really support ELL students. There is a mathematical dictionary built in, but key words could be hyperlinked to the dictionary entry and entries could have more pictorial cues to assist ELLs.