Facilitate the class
Facilitating Mindsets Challenges in the class
How do I use the warm up activities?
Before the Challenge, optionally have students complete the suggested warm up activity in the Challenge Guide.
How should I facilitate the class? Is there a gold standard?
We recommend actively facilitating the class. The Challenges are designed for pairs or small groups of students to work at their own pace. Some teachers prefer pausing the class periodically to have moderated discussions, or letting students work and grading their work after the Challenge is completed.
Can I see individual student responses?
Yes, teachers have full visibility to student responses both live and after class.
How do I track students responses?
The Facilitation View shows where each student is and how they have responded.
How can we guide the students during Challenges?
Here are a few tips:
- Before starting a Challenge, ask students to work together to collaboratively solve and craft their solutions to real-world situations.
- Throughout the Challenge, students may need help. Hints are provided on all slides in the Challenge’s Teacher Guide as well as a vocabulary sheet which provides definitions and examples.
- You can monitor your students’ learning online by viewing their work using the Teacher’s Class Mode.
How do students know if they are on the right track?
- You can see which slide students are on and in the students’ results page. You can display the Teacher’s Mode screen with anonymous student names to highlight student work to the entire class.
- You can also pause the entire class to check in with students, open up the class for conversation or to provide a hint to students as they work.
- Also, ask students to collaborate on Challenges. Collaboration helps students check their answers together.
Students can also self-check their work. In each Challenge there are multiple choice answers as well as polls to help provide direct feedback to students.
How do I pause the class or individual students?
Tap the pause icon to pause, and then tap the play icon to resume the entire class or individual students.
Can I see individual student responses in a poll?
Yes, as the teacher, you can see what each student has responded. Students can only see the anonymous, aggregate responses in polls or specific multiple choice questions.
Should my students work on their own, as a whole class / large group or in pairs / small groups?
We recommend students work in pairs or small groups to help check each others work, engage in discussion, and assist one another when stuck.
How do Mindsets Challenges differentiate instruction for more advanced or struggling learners?
There are several opportunities for differentiation. All challenges include one or more bonus questions. Often we include an open-ended, small project towards the end of a Challenge as well. All challenges include suggested project extension ideas that you can customize for your own students.
Additionally, for learners who are struggling, we include Hints for you to provide students, and extensive Facilitator Tips with suggestions for facilitating each step of the Challenge. A last option is to use the pause feature. You can pause the class or individual students for students to discuss and engage in peer-teaching.
Giving feedback in the class
Why do Mindsets Challenges not provide automatic assessment?
Many of the questions are open-ended and don’t have a single correct answer. Falsely marking a correct answer as incorrect is very demotivating. We continue to explore options for automatic assessment and feedback.
What type of feedback can students expect?
Mindsets Challenges are meant to be actively facilitated. Students will get feedback from you, their teacher! Use the Facilitator Tips, Hints, and Example Solutions found in our Challenge Guides to guide your feedback.
Facilitating the class with ESL students
Is a bilingual or translation of the Mindsets Challenges available?
Bilingual students are now supported! Students are able to access selected Mindsets Challenges in more than 50 languages. The language service, along with vocabulary support, is provided through the Open Reader tool.
Can students read in English and answer in Spanish?
Absolutely, students are free to answer in Spanish, or any other language.
Adapting the Challenge to different grades
Can I adapt Challenges to different grades?
Challenges are easily adaptable to nearby grades. To use a lower grade challenge grade at a higher grade, be ready with suggest discussion, peer checking, and project extension ideas. For example, a 6th grade Challenge can work well for 8th grade students if you prompt students to engage in deeper reflection and discussion of checking each others work, as well as have project extensions ready for the students who want more of a challenge. Adapting Challenges in the other direction (from a higher grade down to lower grade) is possible as well. Some teachers go through the Challenge as a class, one slide at a time. Additionally, review key terminology before the Challenge as part of the warm up and point students to the vocabulary sheet.
Do students see the grade level a Challenge is designed for?
The grade levels assigned to each Challenge connect to the relevant math or science state standard. Students do not see these grade levels or the standards. The math challenges in the Mindsets Library is currently aligned to middle school Common Core State Standards for mathematics (grades 6,7, 8) and the TEKS (grades 6, 7, and 8) . The science challenges are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and TEKS (grades 6, 7, and 8). The math challenges in the Mindsets Library are also aligned to the Australian curriculum, based on the Victorian standards.
If you have a specific math or science state standard you would like the team at Mindsets Learning to align with, please send us a request at firstname.lastname@example.org