Think Through Math (TTM) is an online, supplemental math instruction and tutoring program that will help raise student achievement in Idaho by providing students with focused instruction, rigorous math problems, access to live certified teachers and a motivation program with rewards for working on math problems. Think Through Math works with the classroom teacher to tailor the online math instruction to the needs of the individual student. Students can access the program anywhere they get Internet access - whether at home, at school or in a library. Currently, schools in more than 25 states across the country are using Think Through Math as a supplement to instruction and noticing increased student achievement. Please visit www.thinkthroughmath.com to learn more about Think Through Math.
The Think Through Math (TTM) computer-assisted program is now available to utilize as curriculum for Algebra 1 credit recovery and district approved Alternate Route for Graduation. The Think Through Math curriculum option can be used to facilitate the instruction of the required core math content, by an Idaho certified, highly qualified teacher of record. The programs are simple to implement and monitor, and students will go through a rigorous set of coursework. The credit recovery pathway will give students a solid foundation in Algebra 1 and will prepare them for success in Geometry and future math courses. The Alternate Route for Graduation pathway will give students a solid foundation in math skills aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint.
TTM's Algebra 1 credit recovery program initially enrolls students into a pathway of 62 "Target Lessons". The Alternate Route to Graduation program enrolls student into a pathway of 69 "Target Lessons". The pathways were constructed in conjunction with the Idaho SDE. All lessons for the credit recover program are aligned to the Common Core Standards Algebra 1 course and the Idaho Algebra 1 standards. The Alternate Route for Graduation lessons are aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint. When the Smarter Balanced Assessment blueprint has been finalized, TTM will begin working on aligning the pathway to the new assessment blueprint; to be available when Idaho moves to the new assessment.
For both programs, students begin by taking a brief placement test which will determine a student's readiness. Based on these results, additional pre-cursor lessons will be added into each student's pathway. Additionally, TTM monitors student progress and adds additional pre-cursors as needed to fill students' learning gaps. When students are working outside of the classroom, they can get assistance from TTM's live certified teachers.
As with all coursework, the teacher is a key component in a student's success. The benefit of Think Through Math is that multiple students can be working toward recovering credit on a very individualized basis. An appropriately certified and qualified teacher, however, is necessary to ensure that students have the support to grasp the concepts being presented. As students work through their pathway, reports on student progress are available through the teacher portal. These easy-to-use reports show how much progress students are making toward completing the Target and pre-cursor lessons on their pathway.
The Think Through Math program does not qualify as a stand-alone course such as those offered through IDLA. Any computer-based program must be supervised by a properly certified and qualified "teacher of record" who must actually be present in the classroom throughout the sessions. If Think Through Math is used for math credit recovery or alternate route for graduation, a math assignment code should be used when reporting in ISEE and the teacher of record facilitating the program must hold a math endorsement and be highly qualified in order to grant graduation credit.
Please see documents below for in-depth information on both programs, including tools for monitoring student progress and grading. Also attached are documents on standard alignment.
For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on High School Credit Requirements for Mathematics, please see Idaho Administrative Code 08.03.02.105.01.d. This code can be accessed online at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/08/index.html. Please be aware that a credit recovery course must meet the appropriate content standards of the original course.
For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on Alternate Route for Graduation, please see Idaho Administrative Code 08.03.02.105.06, at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/08/index.html. Please be aware that alternate routes to graduation are locally established and must go before the local school board for approval. Once approved at the local level, the alternate route for graduation must be sent to the Idaho Board of Education for review. A copy of each districts’ alternate plan is kept on file at the Office of the State Board of Education. For more information on the steps to establish a local alternate route for graduation, please contact Allison McClintick with the Idaho Board of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To utilize Think Through Math in either capacity communicated in this email, please contact Marisa Alan, TTM Regional Program Manager, at email@example.com.
The winner of the 2013 State Showdown and bragging rights for an entire school year is... IDAHO.
The Play-by-Play Action Report: The final week of competition, Idaho won the weekly challenge and was awarded 30,000 points. West Virginia battled back and won the Teamwork Bonus round to earn 10,000 points to their overall state score. But Idaho took the lead by winning the Evening/Weekend Bonus rounds to make their overall state score 125,000! Congratulations to all of the classes and students that competed in this year's contest. Everyone is a winner in the eyes of Think Through Math!
MVP State Showdown Classes - The two winners for best performance in each of the bonus categories are:
IDAHO Teamwork Classroom Winners
IDAHO Evening Weekend Classroom Winners
Bonus Bonus round winners were selected in a random drawing from all classes that qualified. A class may only win in one bonus category. The Winning classes will receive the following prizes: a TTM Party Pack, a State Showdown banner to hang in their classroom and TTM t-shirts for students and their teacher(s). A Think Through Math representative will be contacting the classroom teacher to coordinate distribution of the prizes.
Weekly and Bonus Round Scoring Detail:
Idaho Week 1 Score: 15,000 West Virginia Week 1 Score: 30,000
Idaho Week 2 Score: 30,000
West Virginia Week 2 Score: 15,000
Idaho Week 3 Score: 30,000
West Virginia Week 3 Score: 15,000
Idaho Week 4 Score: 30,000
West Virginia Week 3 Score: 15,000
Teamwork Bonus awarded to West Virginia: 10,000
Evening/Weekend Bonus awarded to Idaho: 20,000
Apangea, the web-based math intervention system available to all schools in the state of Idaho, is now called Think Through Math. And it's undergone more than just a name change. It now offers additional services and is available from grade 3 through Algebra I. Credit Recovery and Alternate Route Programs will also be available through Think Through Math in the very near future. Think Through Math (TTM) is still available at no cost to Idaho schools and districts.
"We're changing our name to reflect who we are - a rigorous program that teaches students how to think mathematically," said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Math. "Leveraging the best of Apangea and everything we have learned from our partners, Think Through Math is focused on preparing all students for the highly anticipated, rigorous Common Core and STAAR assessments with their emphasis on mathematical thinking."
Districts across Idaho can not only access and utilize Think Though Math, but they also have access to onsite and online training and coaching. These services are included in TTM's contract with the Idaho State Department of Education (through the Idaho Math Initiative,) and are also available to districts at no charge. TTM's dedicated team of Idaho-specific program managers is ready to work with districts and educators to ensure that schools are utilizing TTM in a way that will improve student achievement and prepare students for the Common Core State Standards.
Targeting the most critical foundations for algebra, Think Through Math provides rigorous instruction and meaningful practice designed to develop understanding. Our mission is to provide underperforming students with an accelerated path to algebra, as well as to college and career. Think Through Math follows the recommendations of the Common Core State Standards for focused and coherent instruction that provides more time for students to reason with, reflect upon, and practice mathematics.
Think Through Math is focused on the critical foundations for algebra readiness. To accelerate learning for underperforming students, it is not necessary to reteach every missed skill and concept. This program focuses on the development of skills and concepts that are essential for success at grade-level and always teaches in students' zone of proximal development.
The program emphasizes that there is a structure and coherence to mathematics, which helps students apply their understanding to new topics and allows students to successfully transition from elementary content to middle school, high school, and beyond.
Deepen Conceptual Understanding
Deep understanding means that concepts are well represented and well connected to other concepts. Think Through Math makes extensive use of models-real world situations, manipulatives, number strips, graphs, and diagrams-to help students see the connections between different topics and develop strategies and reasoning that serve as the foundation for learning more abstract math.
Personalized, Adaptive, Intelligent
Underperforming students require intensive, individualized instruction that addresses their unique concerns. Think Through Math is intelligent and adaptive; it collects data based on individual responses and adjusts instruction to meet a student's individual needs.
LIVE Teacher Support - Bilingual!
As students work independently on the computer at home or school, live bilingual support is only a click away. Students have access to just-in-time support from state-certified teachers precisely when they need it. The TTM teachers are available day and night and have plenty of weekend office hours.
Many students are significantly stressed or fatigued by mathematics. Too many have never experienced success with math and have given up. Think Through Math focuses on motivating students to do more math both during and after school with idaho state department of education 2012 Back-to-school teacher toolkit 19 its uniquely 21st century motivation system-a powerful blend of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. The system is based on a single idea: reward effort.
Again, the TTM program and allAgain, the TTM program and all support services are provided at no cost to Idaho educators; training can be provided on a district or site level, based on need. To set up training or for more information, please contact your regional program manager.
To determine if your computer is compatible with TTM's technical specifications, sign into your teacher account and click on the username in the upper right hand corner. You will see a drop down menu where "Tech Check" is an option. Click on "Tech Check" and an automatic check will run. For full TTM technical requirements, please refer to the PDF document below. If you are having further difficulties, please contact your school or district IT support staff.