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 classgenerated
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.
Discussions
Standards — NCTM, ISTE, NCATE
Library of articles about mathematical thinking,
problem solving, mentoring
