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The Online Mentoring Guide as Delivered in Drexel's Blackboard Vista Environment

Lesson Outcomes

Lesson 1: Exploring Mathematical Thinking

  • Submit a solution to a mathematics problem using the Math Forum PoW environment.
  • Analyze your own mathematical thinking about a specific problem.
  • Identify patterns and differences in student reasoning.
  • Evaluate the quality of peer submissions.
  • Summarize important aspects of solving a problem to create a class-generated solution document.
  • Reflect on the larger question of what makes for high quality mathematical thinking and communication.

Lesson 2: Introduction to Mentoring

  • Explain the difference between grading student work and mentoring students.
  • Mentor peer submissions.
  • Critically reflect on the mentoring process.
  • Think critically about the Math Forum Mentoring Guidelines and online mentoring.
  • Develop a class Mentoring Critique document.

Lesson 3: Scoring Student Solutions

  • Analyze submissions using the Math Forum's PoW scoring rubric.
  • Critically compare your scores to Math Forum scores.
  • Engage in an online, reflective dialogue about scoring student mathematical submissions.

Lesson 4: Learning to Mentor

  • Evaluate the scoring accuracy and effectiveness of mentor replies.
  • Apply the Mentoring Guidelines to scoring and mentoring submissions.

Lesson 5: Mentoring Practice Environment

  • Be familiar with the Expected Solution for the problem you'll be mentoring.
  • Know how to use the PoW office software to score and mentor student submissions.

Lesson 6: Mentoring in the PoW Environment

  • Use approver feedback to make changes to your mentor replies.
  • Mentor students on your own.

Lesson 9: The Business of Approving — just for Group Leaders (faculty) and TA approvers

  • Use the Expected Solution and Mentoring Guidelines to evaluate the scoring accuracy and effectiveness of mentor replies.
  • Understand approval options that allow the Group Leader or TA to teach the mentors how to improve their techniques.
  • Approve or request changes in the scoring and replies of mentors.


Standards — NCTM, ISTE, NCATE

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