CASE STUDY No. 03
Engaging Students in the Problem Solving Process
School / District / Grades
Dale Street School / Medfield Public Schools / Grades 4 and 5
Number of students & Teachers using CueThink
89 students / 4 teachers
Math Curriculum Used
Massachusetts Mathematics Textbook
Challenges Addressed by CueThink
Our students need to strengthen their critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills. We need to support students who get “stuck” when solving a word problem, so they can remain engaged and attempt the problem.
Students used CueThink between November and June during the pilot study. They had access to the iPad cart once a week. The amount of time each week varied depending on classroom schedules. Students completed a combined total of 207 thinklets.
We measured CueThink impact with a pre/post comparison using our standards-based benchmark assessment. The results suggest a correlation between completed Thinklets and math improvement. Teachers reported that the students definitely benefited from using CueThink in many ways. We also heard and observed that teachers would have liked to use the program more consistently and with more time dedicated.
The phases (Understand, Plan, Solve and Review) supported [student] problem solving. Our students’ time on task--and level of engagement--was improved using CueThink. On average, students spent 20 - 25 minutes completing a thinklet in one class. For those students who did not attempt or had poor attempts [during the] pre-assessment…[although] they still struggled with getting correct answers, many more were engaged [during the post-assessment].