THINK Nation Recognizes Ms. Hilk as Teacher of the Month
Every month Think Through Math recognizes a teacher who is currently using Think Through Math and has gone above and beyond inside and outside the classroom. For the month of May, Ms. Hilk out of Wheeling, West Virginia has been named Teacher of the Month. Think Through Math asked Ms. Hilk some questions about herself and how she uses Think Through Math, this is what she had to say:
What is Your Name and Where Do You Teach?
Tina Hilk. St. Michael's Parish School/Diocese of Wheeling Charleston
What Grade Do You Teach?
What is Your Favorite Lessons, Unit in Math?
I like the unit on fractions.
Favorite Part of Think Through Math?
It challenges students who are ready and reinforces skills already learned. It also creates a natural competition between students not only within the classroom but also with those throughout the school and state. The kids love seeing their names posted.
How Do You Use Think Through Math?
I use TTM once a week as a math class and assign 2 lessons a week for homework. While using Think Through Math, I have seen my students' grades increase. The one thing I've really noticed is the fact that I've been able to move ahead a little faster with my math classes. The concepts they learned in fourth grade math are reinforced, practiced, and fresh in their minds by the time we hit it in our 5th grade curriculum math. Think Through Math has allowed me to teach more in depth concepts and build on already mastered skills.
Today, Think Through Math, the award-winning digital math solution for students in grades 3 through Algebra l, is excited to recognize six outstanding students. Through personal determination and with support from dedicated teachers, these students have overcome challenges to make impressive math gains and set themselves on a path to academic success. The TTM MVP awards were created to honor adolescents nationwide who have experienced math success despite formidable odds. The six TTM MVP award winners will receive a $1,000 contribution to a college savings plan.
How did these exceptional students improve their math achievement and develop self-confidence? They were enrolled in Think Through Math—a leading supplemental math curriculum proven to motivate underperforming students.
While the recipients of the awards differ in grade, home state and background, they share similar stories with other students–lack of math confidence, low self-esteem, behavioral issues, and the risk of academic failure. Some of the MVP winners faced additional hurdles: learning English as a second language or physical and emotional challenges. Now, they have each accomplished something remarkable—raising their math scores, feeling more confident in school, boosting their grades, and passing their enthusiasm onto others—and they are now on a path to attend college.
“More than 100 students were nominated by their teachers. Each one is an inspiration to all of us. Through dedication and hard work, and with the help of their amazing teachers, these most valuable players have proven that there is no goal that they cannot reach,” said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Learning Inc. “We are proud to honor these students and celebrate the bright futures they have ahead of them.”
The 2013 TTM MVP Award winners are:
Andrew Davis – Grade 5 – Checotah, OK
- Andrew is an energetic boy who finds it very hard to concentrate. TTM helped him discover that he can focus on learning and experience meaningful success in mathematics.
Ariana Ramirez – Grade 6 – Irving, TX
- Though math hasn’t come easy to Ariana, she has transformed herself from someone intimidated by math into an MVP (in a classroom dominated by boys).
Thomas James Cullum – Grade 7 – Lewiston, ID
- Once a very reluctant learner and easily frustrated by mathematics, Thomas is now an avid math learner and loves the feeling of success.
Quenton Turner – Grade 7 – Pittsburgh, PA
- Using TTM in an inner-city afterschool program, Quenton loved working with the online teachers to accelerate his understanding of mathematics.
Ezra Mengiste – Grade 8 – Washington DC
- As a recent newcomer from Ethiopia, Ezra encounters plenty of challenges. TTM has been a helpful tool that has improved his academic and language skills as well as his self-confidence.
Regan Moreau – Algebra l – Round Rock ISD, TX
- Regan is a diligent student but has had difficulty passing end-of-year math tests. Now this 12th grader has been accepted into Texas Tech!
The TTM MVP Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of Think Through Math students who have benefited from their hard work. “The program is designed to help students discover that they have the capacity to succeed in mathematics,” added McAliley. “Research shows that good math skills will open doors and help students on many levels.”
THINK Nation - we need your help! Please take a moment and donate your THINK points to help people in Oklahoma with shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional comfort after tornadoes killed many, destroyed whole neighborhoods, and left thousands homeless.
5,000 THINK points = $1 donation
Article by Kate McGee, originally posted here
Students across Texas helped raise $11,367 to the American Red Cross West, Texas Relief Fund.
How'd they do it? By solving math problems.
Over a two-week period in late April and early May, students completed math problems electronically using a Web-based math program, Think Through Math. The company donates one dollar for every 5,000 points scored by solving equations. In three weeks, students donated $6,376. Think Through Math matched the student donations with an additional $5,000.
Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams jointed Think Through Math officials today to present the money to the Red Cross.
“It is heartening to see that, given this unique option, students actually took the time to tackle additional math problems on their computers as a way to help the community of West,” said Commissioner Williams in a statement. “This speaks volumes about the heart and spirit of our students and their desire to help one another.”
The top contributors were elementary and middle school students from Kingsville ISD, Pasadena ISD, Denton ISD, Dallas ISD, Calhoun County ISD and Mesquite ISD.
The money will help disaster relief in West, Texas after a fertilizer plant explosion there last month killed 15 people and injured hundreds. The blast was caused by a fire that started in the plant. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
Adaptive, online learning program Think Through Math has announced that, on a typical school day in Spring 2013, students completed between three and four million problems.
Featuring a supplemental Common Core curriculum for grades 3 through Algebra l, Think Through Math provides Web-based instruction that motivates students in unprecedented ways. Designed to support schools and school districts as they adopt personalized and blended learning environments, Think Through Math delivers engaging, math content to students, while allowing teachers to provide more individualized attention based on each student’s needs.
“As students discover that Think Through Math helps them get better at math, it also helps them see that they have the capacity to enjoy math,” says Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Learning Inc. “The result is that students make measurable gains and their entire outlook improves.”
With unprecedented motivational tools and personalized instruction, TTM is changing the way students learn math. “Think Through Math was built on the theory that engaged students are interested students. The goal of the program,” says McAliley, “is to prepare students for more rigorous mathematical standards and accelerate them to grade level as efficiently as possible.”
TTM integrates compelling online instruction and practice with proven teacher-driven practices. As students work on the program they receive immediate corrective feedback. If they continue to struggle, they are connected to certified, bilingual math teachers who can further differentiate and personalize instruction.
“This level of personalization is unprecedented,” says McAliley. “It explains why TTM students persevere and invest the time and effort that’s necessary in mathematics.”
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We were all saddened by the terrible tragedy in West, Texas. In just one week, the students of THINK Nation have donated $4,000 (and counting) to the families of West, Texas. We are so proud of their selfless giving and encourage them to continue to donate their THINK points to this featured charity.
When Students donate 5,000 points to the American Red Cross West, Texas Relief fund, they will receive an American Red Cross badge as recognition. Isn't it awesome that Thinkers everywhere are connecting their math learning to making a difference in the real world? We love that about Think Through Math.
And on May 1st, for ONE DAY ONLY, Think Through Math will match every donation up to $5,000 made to the American Red Cross!
2012-2013 has been a big year for Think Through Math. More than two million students are working in the program and are solving millions of problems every day. As the school years draws to a close, your feedback is very important to us. Please complete this brief survey–it will only take a few minutes. When you hit "submit," you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Hurry, the deadline is Friday, May 10!
Think Through Math users now have access to our new and improved Overview Report powered by the Think Through Math data warehouse for an easier and more in depth report experience. Users are now provided with capabilities to dive deeper into the report detail. You will be able to adjust your view of the report to see more columns at one time as well as apply date filters, just to name a few of the new features you will have access to. The Report will automatically default to the highest level of reporting available to your role.
You can access the new Overview Report the same way as you access the current report. Simply log onto your TTM account, click “Reports” from the top navigation, and click the “Run Report” button appearing in the “Overview Section”.
Think Through Math is partnering with the American Red Cross: West, Texas Relief Fund to help the people affected by the West, Texas explosion. Every 5,000 points = $1.
THINK Nation has already donated over $1,000 dollars! This charity will be available for an entire month. Encourage your students to log-in and start solving!
We’re excited about Math Week, April 15-19. There is rarely such a great opportunity to visit with so many math educators and to hear directly from them.
If you are attending NSSM or NCTM, make sure you stop by and say hello! We would love to see you. Visit us in NCSM booth #401 and NCTM booth #530. You are also welcome to join us for our NCSM Tech Showcase on Wednesday, April 17. The topic: Math Digital Learning: The Ultimate Equalizer. This will be an hour-long workshop that gives both an overview of TTM and demonstrates how it helps students meet the rigors of the Common Core. Join us at 2:30 on Wednesday in the Hyatt Hotel, Quartz A/B, opposite the Convention Center.