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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 lessons to practice as you read along in the Teacher Guide. In the Teacher Guide, you will also see suggested warm-up activities, related careers, and suggested project extension ideas.

Last, when you have decided on a Mindsets Challenge, print out one vocabulary sheet (Fast Facts) per student and one Teachers Guide for yourself. The Mindsets Team are busy creating other resources for you to use, including 1 page explanatory flyers and animated videos to introduce the lesson to your students in an exciting way. Stay tuned!

How should I facilitate the class? Is there a gold standard?

We do recommend teachers actively facilitate the class.

The Mindsets Challenges are designed for collaboration amongst pairs or small groups of students, to work at their own pace.

Some teachers prefer pausing the class periodically to have moderated discussions.

Other teachers prefer students to work independently in their teams and grading their work after the Mindsets Challenge is completed.

Can I see individual student responses?

Yes, teachers have full visibility to student responses both live and after class through the Class View tool.

To encourage collaboration, students can see other students poll responses and multiple choice responses anonymously. This is designed to encourage discussion and to promote higher order thinking. Students responses to open text questions and tables are not shared.

From the teacher's Class View, a teacher may share responses with the class using an electronic whiteboad.

How do I track students responses?

The Teacher's Class View tracks where each student is at and how they have responded.