An innovative application to improve critical thinking skills and math communication of students in grades 2-12. CueThink engages students who are already doing well and supports students who are slipping.
Framework And structure for Problem Solving
Students apply mathematician George Pólya’s 4 phases of Understand, Plan, Solve and Review to slow them down and explain their thinking. Students unpack the problem by answering the questions: "What do you notice?", "What do you wonder about?" and "What is your estimate?" We help them "Choose a strategy" and "Write a plan". Once they have created their solution, we provide checklists to help them review their math and their recording.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Tools for Documenting And recording Multiple Math Solutions
Students create "thinklets" or video vignettes of their solutions using the drawing and writing tools we provide. They record their voice as a think-aloud or a presentation. The teacher then uses these digital artifacts to highlight errors and missteps as well as illustrate effective solutions. Individual student solutions become part of the learner's digital portfolio, showcasing growth and change over time.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
platform For fostering peer-to-peer feedback
Students become teachers as they view each others' solutions. They offer thoughtful, intelligent feedback through annotations and also reflect on and revise their own work. We foster digital citizenry and build a community of social math learners in the classroom. We #makemathsocial.
CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
CueTeach for Embedded Professional Learning
Through a second grant from the National Science Foundation, the team is developing CueTeach as an embedded and in-context professional learning platform. CueTeach integrates assessment tools, “just-in-time” resources, and a powerful analytics engine to support both experienced and novice teachers. It enables instructional leaders to guide teachers in planning and evaluating lessons, understanding student misconceptions, and intervening in a timely manner.