Refine Your Students Problem Solving Skills with Cuethink!

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​I have seen students’ engagement soar with CueThink. It helps students refine their problem solving skills and supports the development and demonstration of conceptual understanding. CueThink promotes collaboration among students when they look at each other’s work and provide feedback using specific sentence stems. The website provides comprehensive resources for effective implementation of CueThink in the Math class. The different rubric summaries available are very helpful to view students achievement over time, on a specific problem or on a specific phase of the problem-solving model. Great tool to inform future instruction and next steps in the delivery of the Math program.

By adopting engaging tools in the classroom, teachers may be able to transform feelings about learning and mathematics by changing the focus from teaching facts and skills to building positive relationships between children and mathematics. The way that children feel about mathematics profoundly influences what they do with it and how they reflect on it, which in turn influences how knowledge grows and connects. (Colgan, Lynda. Research Monograph #56: Making Math Children Will Love: Building Positive Mathitudes to Improve Students Achievement in Mathematics. August 2014. Web.)

How I Use It

Cuethink is not an add on to your Math Program. We use Cuethink on a weekly basis in my class. Students' Thinklets become their online Math journal that the classroom teacher can use to assess their problem solving progress overtime. Since students use whiteboard tools to create a visual representation of their thinking, they spend more time solving and refining their solutions. Initially, I model solving problems with the whole class. Struggling student are less intimidated since the problem solving steps are broken down for them.