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Mindset Learning Project

The University System of Georgia and eCore are partnering with your institution to better understand what motivates students and helps them be successful. Over the course of the semester, students will be asked to complete four activities. The first and last activities will take about 10 minutes, whereas the middle activities will take about 20 minutes. In addition to the activities students engage in as a part of the MLP, there are concrete suggestions for small teaching practices that can help to support and foster a growth mindset among students in the companion professional development course for the Project.

Math Learning Project Activities:

Math Learning Project Activity 1

The goal of this activity is to learn more about what students think of their math class and math in general. This activity will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Most of the Activity is a pretest of students perceptions about math and their ability to shape their "math intelligence." This activity is intended to be placed in the course in the first full week of instruction.

Math Learning Project Activity 2

The goal of this activity is to help students think more deeply about your math course. This activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Please follow the link to complete the activity. This activity introduces some of the concepts around neuroplasticity and growth mindset, along with examples of how students with growth mindset attitudes react and respond to difficulty. The activity includes video content and some survey items and questions for student responses. This activity should be taken early in the semester.

Math Learning Project Activity 3

The goal of this activity is to help you think about your study habits. This activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete. Activity 3 is generally delivered in 2 parts and includes opportunities for students to reflect on their strategies, study habits, and practices and on what they have learned about growth mindset. This activity is optimally delivered bracketing an early assessment in the course, as it asks students to reflect on encountering challenge and difficulty and to apply lessons from Activity 2.

Math Learning Project Activity 4

The goal of this activity is to learn more about what you think of your math class and math in general now that the semester is almost over. This activity will take 5-10 minutes to complete. It is intended to be delivered in the last weeks of the course, after students have had the opportunity to reflect on the lessons from Activities 2 and 3, and their experience with the course.