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What makes game-based learning so effective and how does it work?

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When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students learn and teachers teach?

6 Everyday Examples of Math in the Real World

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If you look hard enough, you’ll see math emerge from some of the most unlikely places. Fact is, we all use math in everyday applications whether we’re aware of it or not. Mathematics is the universal language of our environment, helping mankind explain and create within it for thousands of years. From playing games to playing music, math is vital to helping students fine tune their creativity and turn their dreams into reality. When am I ever going to use this?

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100 “Growth Mindset” Quotes from History’s Greatest THINKers

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Along the path towards creating a growth mindset in any school or classroom, obstacles are bound to present themselves in various – and often unpredictable – forms, potentially derailing even the best plans. Without support from school administrators, fellow educators, and parents, teachers may become frustrated and think a growth mindset classroom is out of their reach.

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Mistakes are Okay! 10 Inspirational Quotes on Mistakes

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You may have heard the term “growth mindset” or read our recent e-book on creating a growth mindset in your school. The true power of establishing a growth mindset revolves around the idea that an individual’s abilities and intelligence can be developed through hard work, dedication, and the right kind of mentoring.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Making Math Journaling Concise

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When I was introduced to Think Through Math at the beginning of this school year, I quickly saw that it would be a great resource for me in my classroom.

4 Common Misconceptions About Growth Mindset

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How many times in your life have you been certain that you had a concrete understanding of a concept, only to find out later – and usually at a critical moment – that you were not quite there yet? The sudden awareness of your misconception can be one of those cathartic “ah-hah” moments.

Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning Inc.

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Acquisition of innovative digital math company expands Imagine Learning’s product reach and creates a total language, literacy, and numeracy solution; transaction bolsters Weld North Education’s industry leading profile in K–12 digital education category. PROVO, UT – October 17, 2016 – Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced today its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc.,

Halloween Costume Ideas for Math Teachers

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“Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.” ” Halloween lends itself to the creative minds of academia, and math teachers are no exception. We’ve summoned some of the spookiest, wittiest, and silliest math-themed Halloween costumes imaginable, guaranteed to impress the boys and ghouls at your school. If you have any other ideas, feel free to add them in the comment area and have a safe and happy Halloween! Count von Count. Image Source. Snakes on a Plane.

How to Reduce Math Anxiety

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The alarm sounds, telling you it’s time to get up and greet the day, but as you slowly wake from your slumber and wipe the sleep away from your eyes, a familiar feeling of dread rushes through you in an overwhelming wave. It’s test day and even though you have studied for hours and scored pretty well on various practice exams and homework assignments, doubt continues to creep within you as you begin to question whether or not you’re really ready for algebra.

6 Summer Math Activities for Any Age

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Summer is upon us and students across the country are getting a well-deserved break from the rigors of academia. The pleasant weather and time off makes summer a favorite season for children and adults alike, but learning doesn’t have to stop just because school is on summer break. The dreaded “summer slide” in learning impacts all students, with low-income students feeling the biggest hit – losing 2.5 to 3 months of grade level equivalency over the summer months.

Students Donate $7,500 to Help Families of Fallen Veterans

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The 2016 Do Math! Support a Veteran fundraising challenge has come to a close and the Think Through Math family would like to thank everyone for their generous donations! In just eight short days, THINK Nation donated $7,500 towards supporting our troops.

Fermat’s Last Theorem: Solving the World’s Most Difficult Math Problem

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Notes scribbled into the margin of an ancient mathematical text would eventually be known by the math community as Fermat’s Last Theorem, one of the most famous problems in the history of mathematics.

Maria Agnesi: Mathematician, Philosopher, Theologian, & Humanitarian

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The extraordinary life of mathematician, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, left an indelible mathematical and spiritual mark on the people of her day, which continues to resonate as long as her memory is shared by lovers of math history and humanity.

Growth Mindset Comparison for Educators

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Most educators have heard the cliché, “look before you leap.” This is pretty sage advice for anyone preparing for a journey or a new project, but how many people really take a solid look at their current situation before committing to establishing a growth mindset in their school?

The Many Faces of Motivation

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What is motivation? Is it a student that runs off the bus to get home, jumps onto the computer, and completes lessons on Think Through Math? Is it a student on the bus coming to school, signing on and completing a pathway?

K–12 Leaders Select Think Through Math as a Readers’ Choice Top Product

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Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning web-based instruction system for grades 3 and above, has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K–12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016. This marks the third time that Think Through Math has earned this distinction.

Project Hope Alliance Partners with Think Through Math and Pearson Education

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County families through stable housing and youth education programs, recently launched its Soaring to Success pilot program in partnership with Pearson Education and Think Through Math.

2016 Awards and Accolades for Double-Digit Growth and Company Culture

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Consistent Growth and Top Workplace Rankings a Direct Result of Award-Winning Web-Based Learning Solution’s Positive Impact on Students Across the Country. PITTSBURGH (August 23, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, creators of the award-winning Think Through Math program, heads into “back to school” season as the fastest growing supplemental math program in the U.S. and one of Pittsburgh’s fastest growing companies.

2016 Summer Math Splash THINK Challenge: By the Numbers

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For most kids, summer is a great time for road trips, spending time with family and friends, or just enjoying a welcomed break from school. Unfortunately, the summer months may also add to the math achievement gap between low and high income students if the dreaded summer slide in mathematics is not countered with meaningful and engaging math maintenance. This is not to say it can’t also be fun.

Exciting Updates for Back to School 2016-17

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At Think Through Math, we’re committed to transforming the way students learn and think about math with our award-winning adaptive instructional system that delivers proven results. What can teachers and administrators expect from Think Through Math this fall? ENHANCED INSTRUCTION & RIGOR. Improved Audio Support. Where audio support is available for content, audio indicators will automatically appear for students.

Fun Summer Learning Activity: DIY Sundial

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Yesterday was the first day of summer, also known by astronomers, scientists, and mathematicians as the Summer Solstice. The June Solstice takes place each year between June 20 th and June 22 nd , and means that the Earth is farthest from the Sun on that day. This also makes students on summer vacation happy as there are more hours of sunlight to enjoy!

13 Facts and Trivia about Friday, the 13th and the Number 13

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There’s no clear consensus regarding the folklore and superstition surrounding Friday, the 13th and the number 13 in general. Friday the 13th is said to be the unluckiest day of the year, but there are many people, including Taylor Swift, who would disagree. Here are 13 facts and trivia on Friday, the 13th and the mysterious number 13. Many hospitals don’t have a room with the number 13 on it.

Think Through Math Wins 2016 BESSIE Awards for Best Online Multi-Level Math Learning System & Classroom Management/Math Website

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Unique Web-based Learning System with Online Live Tutoring Recognized for 2nd Consecutive Year. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (April 21, 2016) —— Think Through Learning announced today that Think Through Math (TTM), their web-based instruction system for grades 3 and above, has been named a winner in the 22nd Annual Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Awards. Think Through Math won “Best Online Math Learning System” across multiple grades.

Building a Data-Driven School or District

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Schools suffer when communication breaks down. Establishing a data-driven environment, one which emphasizes the importance of using measurable evidence to support decisions, has been proven to improve transparency, accountability, and the transfer of information between educators, students, and school administrators. What is data? A school’s data is a collection of facts and statistics gathered to provide a clear point of reference for deeper analysis.

How Measurement Can Have a Positive Impact On Classroom Motivation

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Proper use of measurement and data is vital to instilling a growth mindset in your school , while traditional ways of wielding the measuring stick often fail to accomplish classroom goals. Unfortunately, many people associate measurement with test scores, evaluation rubrics, or even public embarrassment. In order to receive the full benefit of measurement, a process must first be in place with clear objectives and open communication channels.

Texas Education Agency Selects TTM as Exclusive On-Line Math Provider for Fourth and Fifth Consecutive Years, Expands Coverage to Algebra

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Expanded Agreement Increases Student Access to Web-Based Learning Solution Proven to Improve STAAR Scores and Motivate Students. Pittsburgh, PA (March 23, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning web-based instruction system for grades 3 and above, announced that it has been chosen for the fourth and fifth consecutive years as the online math provider for the Texas SUCCESS program.

16 U.S. Schools Win Coveted Finalist Spots in “March Math Madness” National Contest

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Million U.S. Students Compete for School Math Championship. Pittsburgh, PA (March 16, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, authors of Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning web-based math instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today the 16 finalist schools in its biggest contest of the year “March Math Madness,” or MX3. As of March 1, more than 13,000 schools and more than 2.5 million students from around the nation have been competing in the bracket-style, MX3 contest.

How Extra Incentives Encourage Students to Complete More Math!

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My students are in LOVE with ThinkThroughMath! Our school goal is for each student to complete 6 lessons per week. The enthusiasm of earning ThinkPoints for their avatars wore off after a few weeks. Sure, some students were easily motivated, but I was finding it hard to get students motivated to work on TTM outside the classroom hours. Then we were asked by our principal to provide extra incentives for completed lessons.

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways.

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

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Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech.

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

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I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters).

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

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Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

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Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

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If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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10 building blocks for the future of schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World , (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools.

Freedom to Learn

User Generated Education

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.