Collaborative Writing Towards A Growth Mindset

Login and Logistics for this course…

This is a virtual experience. You will need to use the WebEx platform on your computer, coupled with a working webcam and microphone, to fully engage with this experience. If you have any technical difficulties you should reach out to your facilitator (Ethan) ASAP. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before the session begins to account for any technical difficulty.

Session-Specific Information: For relevant assignments, links, and resources, please see the appropriate headings under each session. These will be updated prior to each session.

Login Address:

Meeting ID: 798 743 841

Collaborative Workspace:

Student Work Portfolios:

Student and Teacher Series Outcomes:

Teachers will…(1) understand and implement a variety of math task writing types from brainstorming tasks (Type 1-2) to multiple-draft tasks (Type 5), (2) promote a culture of collaboration with peer editing, and (3) promote a growth mindset through multiple drafts of feedback.

Students will…(1) feel encouraged to persevere through low-risk brainstorm writing, (2) understand and speak to their and their peers’ thinking process through collaborative review, (3) persevere through rigorous, rich tasks, and (4) know that their responses are valued by their teacher and peers.

Session 1: Low-Risk, High-Reward Tasks

Thursday, January 14, 6:30-8:00 PM


There is no assignment for this first session.

Outline and Resources

PowerPoint Slides

  1. Framing – Our Course Outcomes
  2. Opening – Why am I Writing in Math?
  3. Learning – Getting Started with Writing
  4. Practice – Type 1 and Type 2 Writing
  5. Closing – Meaningful Feedback

Session 2: The Growth Mindset of Feedback versus Grades

Thursday, January 28, 6:30-8:00 PM


Upload three or more student responses to your Type One and Type Two tasks. Place these in your work portfolio (FIND YOUR FOLDER HERE).

Outline and Resources

PowerPoint Slides

  1. Framing – Our Progress with Course Outcomes
  2. Opening – The Impact of Feedback
  3. Learning – Type Three Tasks and Revisions
  4. Practice – Creating a Performance Task for Revision
  5. Closing – Peers and Collaboration

Session 3: Student Partnership and Ownership of Feedback

Thursday, February 11, 6:30-8:00 PM


  • If you would like feedback from Ethan on your task + plan, email your draft to Ethan by Friday, 2/5.
  • Upload a Type 3 Task which includes FCAs and planning structures (such as the seven elements)
  • Conduct this task in the next two weeks and upload 2+ student samples to your work portfolio (FIND YOUR FOLDER HERE).

Outline and Resources

PowerPoint Slides