Introducing CueThink Using a Math Workshop Session 6: Your Next Steps

Session 5 teaches the importance of students checking their work and what appropriate, effective written feedback looks like.

The Session 6: Your Next Steps objective is to integrate CueThink on a regular basis into your independent station rotations and Guided Math groups for the rest of the year. Watch your students’ problem solving skills and math communication blossom over the course of the year with consistent practice.

Use CueThink in one or more independent stations, where students visit the station 3-4 times a cycle, depending on the length of your station rotations. In one independent station, students focus on thinklet creation either individually, or in pairs. It may take students two visits to this station to complete their thinklets. In a second independent station, students view and annotate peers’ thinklets in pairs or small groups to purposely promote student discourse around problem solving. In a second visit to this station, students view the annotations they received and make revisions to promote a growth mindset.

Use other independent stations that complement CueThink, such as another technology station that focuses on skills practice, an independent workstation that provides students with differentiated work, and a math games station that coincides with the current unit of study’s content and skills, or spirals to review past units and prerequisite skills of upcoming units of study. Read Strategies and Activities for Independent Learning (SAIL) by The Meadows Center for classroom management tips and student-led learning centers and stations ideas for K-2 students.

Use CueThink as a tool during Guided Math lessons, to help facilitate mini-lessons on specific areas students need improvement in with the four phases of problem solving and making annotations. Create different levels of problems to better differentiate your instruction during Guided Math groups.

View a Math Workshop follow-up blog on how to use CueThink to connect your Guided Math lessons with independent station practice using a goal driven cyclic process. Empower students to take an active role in their learning!

 

References

"Strategies and Activities for Independent Learning (SAIL)." University of Texas System/Texas Education Agency(2010): n. pag. 2010.  Web. 29 Aug. 2016.
Whirledge, Rebekah. "Digital Citizenship | Oregon Davis." Oregon Davis. N.p., 1 Sept. 2016. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.