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When is the best time (or best way) to use a Mindsets Challenge?

The best way to use Mindsets Challenges varies depending on your goal. Follow these tips depending on what you’d like to achieve.

  • To spark initial motivation, use a Mindsets Challenge at the beginning of an instructional unit.
  • For formative assessment, to build up to a project, and sustain motivation, use a Mindsets Challenge in the middle of an instructional unit.
  • To stretch students ability to transfer skills to new situations, use a Mindsets Challenge at the end of an instructional unit or as review.

What should I do to prepare for teaching Challenges?

First, identify topics and standards where you think your students would benefit the most from engaging in real-world practice. Then, identify corresponding Challenges. Preview these lesson to practice as you read along in the Challenge Guide. In the Challenge Guide, you will also see suggested warm-up activities, related careers, and suggested project extension ideas. Last, when you have decided on a Challenge, print out one vocabulary sheet per student and one Challenge Guide for yourself.

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.