What Is Ungrading and How Can It Unleash Your Students’ Potential?

Monday, October 17—
Sunday, October 23, 2022

The traditional grading framework can be flawed. One glaring flaw is how it does not incentivize student learning. Fortunately, regardless of the class being taught, ungrading is a solution for everyone. It allows students to better close the loop on their knowledge, along with additional benefits for students and educators. But what is ungrading?

This 20-Minute Mentor introduces the concept of ungrading and provides some big-picture examples of how ungrading works in different types of courses, including STEM courses. The expert presenter will explain the problems and drawbacks of a traditional grading framework and how ungrading can overcome them. Additionally, the presenter will demonstrate strategies for implementing ungrading in a classroom, including getting students on board, incentivizing students, and determining summary grades.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Describe certain issues with a traditional grading framework

• Define ungrading and its benefits

• Determine a variety of ways that ungrading may fit into your course

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: potential92

How Can I Help Online Students Develop Autonomy and Take More Responsibility for Their Learning?

Monday, October 10—
Sunday, October 16, 2022

Research shows that to be successful in online classes, students need to be able to manage their time, motivate themselves to work on schedule, and seek help when needed, among other executive functioning skills. One major online learning challenge occurs because many online students are still developing these life skills.

This 20-Minute Mentor will present techniques and strategies—which don’t take much time—that online instructors can use to help students monitor and direct their own learning to succeed and complete their online classes. When students develop this autonomy, they will also experience countless benefits with their other classes, their work, and in any new learning experience.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Examine the obstacles that online classes present to students who are still developing executive functioning skills

• Identify learning activities that help students plan to be successful

• Explore methods of embedding choice in online classes to allow students to have more agency in their learning

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Passcode: autonomy37

What Interventions Help Students Master Deep Reading and Engage with Assignments?

Monday, October 3—
Sunday, October 9, 2022

Most academic courses require learners to do some amount of reading to provide background in core concepts, demonstrate applications and use cases and elaborate on intriguing new applications and directions. However, reading is a skill that learners may not possess when they walk in the
door. Even if it’s not an explicit part of the course curriculum, spending some time talking about reading expectations and best practices can reap real and positive benefits.

This 20-Minute Mentor explores different ways to frame the reading requirements in your academic class and make reading strategies a part of the conversation from day one—which will lead students to more rewarding engagement. You’ll also examine interventions you can introduce to make the reading in your courses more dynamic and engaging for your students.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Discuss how to make reading part of the conversation in any course, from day one

• Establish some best practices for reading course-related materials

• Check students’ knowledge retention and reading habits as the course goes on

• Develop and apply specific interventions to model and support active reading of course content

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: interventions24

How Can I Teach with Confidence in the Hyflex Classroom?

Monday, September 26—
Sunday, October 2, 2022

Simultaneously teaching students in person and remotely can feel like pedagogical juggling. It’s easy to see why this is one of the key challenges educators find with hyflex teaching. Ensuring that students in both contexts are engaged and learning actively requires a multitude of tactics, techniques, and tools in order to achieve student success. But where do you start?

This 20-Minute Mentor explores how you can set yourself up for hyflex success. You’ll dive into strategies for organizing class time to engage students wherever they are, active learning approaches that work for hyflex learning, and a set of resources that

help bridge the gap between those in the room and those far away.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Discover new ways to make the most of hyflex teaching situations

• Explore creative techniques for teaching in engaging ways in hyflex formats

• Gain new ideas about tools and tactics that can help overcome hyflex teaching challenges

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: confidence95

What Are 5 Easy-To-Use Technologies That Have A Big Impact on Learning in the Online Classroom?

Monday, September 19—
Sunday, September 25, 2022

The integration of instructional technology in the online classroom has the potential to increase student learning, satisfaction, and engagement. However, engaging students requires that instructors do more than simply integrate technology; technology must be intentionally selected to meet specific pedagogical needs.

With so many instructional technologies available, it can be overwhelming for faculty to know where to start. This 20-Minute Mentor explores five easy-to- use, free technologies that faculty can integrate into the online classroom to create a more personalized, interactive, impactful, and engaging learning experience. You’ll be provided with the foundation, guidance, and benefits to start connecting with students more effectively through these technologies.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Understand the importance of aligning technology selection with pedagogical goals

• Incorporate supplemental technology to increase student engagement with online videos

• Create instructional screencasts or videos to enhance student interest

• Design more engaging, interactive online presentations

• Create active learning exercises using online documents

• Enhance personalization in the online classroom using multimedia

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: learning78

How Can I Use Everyday Interactions to Instill a Growth Mindset in Students?

Monday, September 12— mindset53
Sunday, September 18, 2022

While eager to have such students in our classrooms, we’re often not sure how to develop these attributes in our students. Every educator wants to open students’ minds to new ideas and ways of thinking but sometimes it is easier said than done. In fact, a teacher’s own mindset can play a role in how they interact with students.

By framing daily interactions with students to consistently remind them that learning is bumpy, messy, and nonlinear; that sometimes it involves trying new approaches; and that there is much to gain by reflecting on missteps, teachers can change communication with students to build small moments of opportunity for shifting from a fixed to a growth mindset. This 20-Minute Mentor features an experienced educator that explains how to encourage a growth mindset in several routine teacher-student interactions while providing specific examples and successes from her own process.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Define the attributes of growth and fixed mindsets

• Pinpoint areas in which you can better communicate a growth mindset to students

• Identify mechanisms for normalizing the struggles associated with learning as a process

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: mindset53

What Are the Benefits—and Challenges— of Hyflex Instruction?

Monday, September 5—
Sunday, September 11, 2022

Hylfex teaching—called hybrid-flexible teaching— is a dual-modality method that allows students to select their preferred learning environment. While the benefits of hyflex teaching are recognized for students, such as enabling them to engage in a course in a more customized way, educators often find teaching this way challenging. Although hyflex teaching provides an opportunity for instructors to continue developing their pedagogical skills by combining in-person and virtual elements, educators still wonder if the challenges outweigh the benefits.

This 20-Minute Mentor dives into these challenges and provides several successful solutions to help instructors embrace hyflex teaching. The presenter shares the practical benefits of this teaching method and some time-saving insights that significantly reduce the usual challenges, allowing a more accessible and more effective pathway to successful hyflex teaching.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Define hyflex instruction

• Identify the benefits of hyflex instruction both for faculty members and students

• Understand the challenges of hyflex instruction both for faculty members and students

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: challenges97

How Can I Reach and Teach Struggling Students?

Monday, August 29—
Sunday, September 4, 2022

Students struggle. We know that. Are they struggling now more than ever with all that’s going on? Probably. However, evidence-based techniques can change students’ mindset to one of growth and success.

This 20-Minute Mentor demonstrates just that! This 20-Minute Mentor delivers evidence-based strategies that can be implemented immediately into any course format to help educators reach and teach struggling students in their classes.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Identify and apply evidence-based strategies in the classroom to support struggling learners before, during, and after instruction

• Be self-reflective as an effective teaching practice

Link: https://mondaymorningmentors.com

Password: struggling41

How Can I Use the First Day to Set the Tone for a Semester of Learning?

Monday, August 22—
Sunday, August 28, 2022

Beyond reviewing the syllabus and procedures, instructors often cut the first day of the semester short. However, the first day of class is your prime opportunity to make an impression on the entire semester!

This 20-Minute Mentor (opens in a new tab) provides practical strategies to share important course information, capture students’ interests and intentions, create opportunities for interaction, and create an invested community for the remainder of the semester. This program incorporates specific strategies that can easily be integrated into any course and techniques that stimulate a first-day environment that allows students to familiarize themselves with each other, the instructor, and the content of the class in a fun and interactive manner.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be able to:

• Have a structure for the first day that includes information, investment, interaction, intention, and interest

• Learn several ice-breaker activities to build student-student and student-teacher engagement

• See the connection between first-day activities and semester-long commitment to learning


Password: semester72