How Do I Use Shmoop's RTI Tools for Math?

It’s not always an easy task to nail down your students’ trouble spots, but Shmoop’s RTI math tools make it a snap to pinpoint individual strengths and weaknesses, and help you target instruction in your classroom.

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This test is adaptive, and will assess a student’s mastery…or lack thereof…in certain areas…

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…allowing them…and you… to see what they need to spit, shine and polish to perfection. [Someone polishing a shoe]

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They can take the benchmark test multiple times, and in fact, we recommend they take [Student using a laptop]

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it once a month…

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…so you can get a good grip on the trajectory of their progress.

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By clicking on the orange button here… like this one, [The Let's Conquer Math page]

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…you’ll see a list of all related concepts, each of which is aligned to a common core

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standard…

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…as well as student progress in each area. [Arrow points out the progress bar]

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If a student isn't sure what to work on, they can click that big orange button at the top

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and it'll direct them through our recommended path.

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If you want to see more, you can, uh…click “See More.”

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Now you see a full list of skills within each concept.

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Students can click on the blue “Watch Video” button to see a video walkthrough that provides [A laptop with the student's page open]

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help on a given skill…

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…or they can click on the orange “Practice Now” button to be bombarded with practice

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problem opportunities.

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Our Math Shack program is algorithmic and adaptive. [A math test open]

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…and can generate limitless other problems to help improve a student’s mastery.

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Once a problem is solved, the green progress bar will advance… [Arrow pointing to the progress bar]

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…but only slightly if a lot of time is taken, and/or numerous hints were used to get there.

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In order to master a topic, a student will need to answer the highest level question

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in a certain amount of time.

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So yeah…they have to be smart and fast.

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If a student still needs more help, they can go back to the concept, and hop into our drills. [Student using the practice page]

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These are problems with multiple choice answers and explanations like Math Shack.

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Here, a red star will pop up to indicate a wrong answer, and a green star for a correct [Arrow points to the answer box]

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one.

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If the student doesn’t get the required number of green stars for a given concept…it’s

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back to Go, do not collect $200. [Monopoly card appears]

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Once they’re masters of their domains…and ranges…

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…students can go back and retake the benchmark test to see how much stuff actually stuck.

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And the good news is that our question types are similar to all the recent fancy online

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exams your students will be taking. [Questions appear]

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Lots of TEIs…technically enhanced items…like manipulating shapes, drag and drop, et cetera…anything [Shape being manipulated on the test]

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that might be asked of them on test day… preparing them fully for what’s to come.

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So that’s the program. [Teacher holding a smoking gun]

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Now…how do you see and use all of the user data on the back end?

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Well, let’s head on over to your Classroom.

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You can either home in on the status of individual students, or see how your class

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is doing on the whole.

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Let’s start by clicking “Individual Students”…ah, there we go. [The individual students page is opened]

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We can check out this student’s progress mastery and current progress.

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Filter to show their progress over certain time periods, or by standard… [Person filtering the data]

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…download a CSV…

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…or see completed diagnostics.

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You can see at a glance what grade level they’re performing at on each concept, so you know

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where you’ll need to work to bring them up to speed.

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And you’ll see when and how often they’ve taken the benchmark test, and how many topics

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they’ve mastered.

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By checking out the class averages, you’ll get a bigger picture vision of where your

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class is struggling, so you can efficiently serve your entire student population.

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Any questions, complaints, backhanded compliments? [Target is aimed at a blackboard]

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Hit us up at support@shmoop.com. [An explosion goes off on the blackboard]