Think Through Math has been used in classrooms for almost 3 years now in TX schools since the Texas Success Initiative began in 2012. A recent TEA study reported a correlation between TTM & STAAR Math performance. Results are impressive, but in my experience, not typical of most classrooms I've seen using TTM. How do we achieve these kinds of learning outcomes shown by this study with our students? What practices ensure this adaptive learning platform actually contributes to development and deepening of students’ understanding of critical grade level math concepts and problem-solving skills? How do we implement TTM so kids have forward learning momentum and are not spinning their wheels in gaining no traction at all?
The level of rigor in TTM is high and requires students to effectively apply online learning habits of mind. Investing students' time in TTM is a colossal waste if not done with some scaffolding and a strategic eye on several key things [development of students' online learning habits & help strategies, consistency of lesson routine & usage toward Think30!, sustaining motivation & progress monitoring]. The impact is made by level and degree of effectiveness in the implementation of TTM in a blended learning mathematics classroom context.
These are some resources for some upcoming trainings to support teachers in reaching for a high impact level of implementation with Think Through Math.