On Monday, I sent home a page detailing how to access the Personal Math Trainer at the ThinkCentral website.
Mrs. Quitt's Cool Kids are allowed the option of doing an assigned lesson in the Personal Math Trainer in place of any regular homework paper from the Homework and Remembering book. The assigned lessons may be done in any order, BUT a student should complete and "turn in" a lesson before proceeding to another lesson.
One advantage of using the Personal Math Trainer is that it gives students CHOICE. Choice is great for promoting student enthusiasm and scholarly approach to academics. However, it is up to parents to decide if they want to allow students this particular choice. Some students do better with the paper/pencil version, and some do better with the computer version. You will want to provide scratch paper if your student chooses to work in Personal Math Trainer.
Another advantage of the Personal Math Trainer is that it is ADAPTIVE. That means that if students show mastery of the lesson, they can then choose to complete an enrichment lesson that is just a step or two more challenging than the regular lesson. If students have struggled with the lesson, they can choose a more basic version to help their understanding.
A third advantage of Personal Math Trainer is that, during a lesson, students can choose to view an example of the type of problem they are working on, OR can even solve a given problem "step-by-step." Students can check their answers as they go, so that they can check their comprehension of the lesson. It's almost as good as having a teacher sitting right by their side!
Personal Math Trainer will even read each problem aloud if the student clicks the "speaker" icon.
Don't forget to click on the "Turn It In" button when you finish a lesson. Also, if you need to leave in the middle of a lesson, don't forget to click on the "Save and Close" button.
I hope you enjoy the Personal Math Trainer.
Scholastic Book Orders
On Monday, I also sent home another Scholastic Book Order packet. If you missed ordering last time, or want to stock up on great holiday gifts, now is your chance! Remember that you can order online any time at www.scholastic.com/parents. Your online order will be submitted along with my next class order. I will be submitting the next order on November 4.