Think Through Learning Adds Advanced High School Math Program to Portfolio
Think Through Learning has introduced a second
high school math software program designed to build on the skills that can be
developed through its Think Through Math (TTM) I program, in use since 2012.
Taking an integrated approach to math — incorporating algebra
and geometry, for instance, rather than separating them into distinct courses —
Think Through Math II aligns to state learning standards, both Common Core and
otherwise, and combines live tutoring, adaptive instruction, gamification and a
"Many states offer separate Algebra I and geometry courses in
ninth and 10th grade," said Think Through Math Curriculum Director
Sara Byrne. "This integrated approach to math learning helps to provide
students with an understanding of the relationships between seemingly disparate
math concepts and how those concepts are applicable to everyday life scenarios."
Tutors, all certified math teachers, work with students
through an online two-way interactive whiteboard. A typical encounter is about
four to five minutes, according to the company.
While TTM I focuses on first-year high school concepts, TTM II
moves the students on to more advanced concepts such as:
- Classifying rational, irrational, real and complex numbers;
- Comparing and contrasting quadratic functions;
- Solving quadratic equations and using quadratic functions to
model and solve problems;
- Calculating and interpreting probabilities of compound,
mutually exclusive, independent and conditional events;
- Exploring similarity through dilations and proportional
- Observing and justifying geometric relationships.
Think Through Learning representatives said that, while its adaptive
learning technology is particularly helpful as an intervention program for
struggling students, it can also benefit English language learners, those with
advanced math aptitude and students with learning disabilities.
Audio support for TTM lessons are available in both English
and Spanish and bilingual tutors are available.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.