Grade(s): 6-7, Technology Access: 1:1 iPad and Mac, Twitter: @seeanngo33
What was your overall goal in using CueThink with your students?
To teach problem-solving in a differentiated manner.
How did you structure your use of CueThink with your students?
To introduce the program, we worked as a class on one problem. Once the students were familiar with the program, the students worked independently on the same problem. I used CueThink in whole class and small group settings. A typical CueThink session was an hour and we used it twice a week. The first session was to solve the problem; the second session students annotated others’ problems.
How did CueThink most impact your students and your instructional practices?
Wow! CueThink was AMAZING for differentiating learning. Each student could solve the problem in their own way. By choosing open-ended problems for them to solve, the students’ learning was further differentiated by having low-floor, high-ceiling options to allow everyone to meet with success. It also made it easy to offer extensions for early finishers. CueThink does what it says: it makes math social. As a result, students learned how to reflect deeply about their work and began to think critically about their answers as well as other people’s answers. This means they are developing 21st learning skills at an exceptional rate and it can begin right in the primary levels. Lastly, I could always refer a student to another student’s work that used a different approach. This allowed for conversations about alternate ways to solve problems.
Teachers are always refining and improving their craft. How do you plan to use CueThink differently in the future?
I would like to try having the students work in small groups and have them design a problem for others to solve.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to a teacher who's just starting with CueThink?
Just do it! Sometimes new technology is scary but don’t feel intimidated! The CueThink staff are very helpful and you’ll be surprised how much your students can figure out without you!