Writing Towards A Growth Mindset

First things first…

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 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.

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Login Address: https://teachforamerica.webex.com/meet/etsmith

Collaborative Work Space: https://goo.gl/uJ6m1S

Meeting ID: 798 743 841

Student and Teacher Series Outcomes:

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

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


Session 1: Low-Risk, High-Reward Tasks

Wednesday, October 19, 6:00-7:30 PM


There is no assignment for this first session.


  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 Resources

Session 2: The Growth Mindset of Feedback versus Grades

Wednesday, November 2, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • Try out your Type 1 Writing Prompt! Upload your artifacts (prompt ) and preferably some students’ responses to it (work samples, testimonials). This year our artifacts folders are built into our CM report portfolios! Upload your assignment to your Artifacts Folder (Enter ID, click where it says “Link to artifacts folder”). I recommend creating a google folder within there titled “Core PD Artifacts” and placing your artifacts within. Then just share the link to this Core PD Artifacts folder in our collaborative work space your peers can see your work during our session.


Session Resources

Session 3: Student Partnership and Ownership of Feedback

Wednesday, November 16, 6:00-7:30 PM


    • 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

Outline & Session Resources