Now the standards face what experts say is their biggest challenge yet: faithful translation from expectations on paper to instruction in classrooms. Think Through Math targets the standards within the Common Core State Standards that focus on the most critical foundations for algebra. With focused and coherent instruction, the program is designed to meet the rigor of the Common Core and accelerate students to grade level.
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An Effective Transition to the Common Core
Switching to any new standards is hard, but the transition to the Common Core State Standards may be even more challenging. For starters, their aim is higher than that of previous standards. They have a new organizational structure, and they call for different practices than past standards.
As students encounter unfamiliar content and methodology for the first time, they need an adaptive program to help them succeed. Think Through Math provides the ingredients for a smooth and effective transition. With a powerful blend of built-in adaptivity, high-quality instruction, and unprecedented differentiation, Think Through Math deepens conceptual understanding and accelerates students to grade level.
Toward Greater Focus and Coherence
Think Through Math is built on the principle that there is a structure and coherence to mathematics. Conveying this concept to students is the key to helping them apply their understanding to new topics. The program utilizes Common Core Learning Progressions—an approach that equips students with the knowledge and confidence they need to successfully transition to more rigorous content.
Understanding Mathematics: Common Core Pathways
Think Through Math deepens understanding and skill proficiency by focusing on the essential skills and concepts needed to unlock advanced mathematics. Students follow a personalized lesson pathway that charts a clear, focused progression toward algebra and beyond. Because the system is adaptive, it can modify pathways to target individual needs and, if necessary, provide precursor lessons that ensure success at grade level.
Many students don’t retain their mathematical knowledge because they lack basic tools for thinking. Strong thinking skills are essential to success in math and are precisely what students must carry from school to college and career. Good thinking practices embody the habits of mind that mathematically strong students exhibit. Think Through Math integrates these habits of mind through building them into problems and demonstrating that students can rely on them. The result of improved personal practice: students are ready to tackle more rigorous concepts and are equipped with tools they can use their entire lives.
The Problem Solving Process
Too often, students try computing an answer without fully understanding the problem. Think Through Math gives students the tools they need break down and “think through” word problems. In five basic steps, students develop essential thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to any problem.
Explicit Instruction, Meaningful Practice, Aligned Assessment
Targeting the most critical foundations for algebra, Think Through Math provides rigorous instruction that is always paired with meaningful practice and assessment items aligned to Common Core intentions. The goal is always to help students develop real understanding and to measure when they make a breakthrough or need more help. The program’s mission is to provide students with an accelerated path to algebra, as well as to high school, college and career.