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Mastermind Mindwinders are easy to facilitate. Everything you need to know is specified in the TeamMastermind guidebook.


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How to TeamMastermind: Facilitating the Mindwinders

Option 1: Present the Mindwinder in its entirety

A TeamMastermind Mindwinder takes approximately an hour to facilitate; however, depending upon the number of students you are teaching, you may want more time.

Option 2: Present each Mindwinder in 2 hours over the course of 2 weeks

  • Week 1 (1 hour): Present the discussion and the literature to set the theme. Then, divide the students into teams and give them a copy of the challenge. Allow them to blueprint possible solutions on a large piece of paper as they discuss, analyze, and consider their options.
  • Week 2 (1 hour): Resume the Mindwinder, this time providing materials to each team so that they can execute their well-made plans. This “pause to ponder” will help the student draw correlations between thoughtful planning and successful solutions. After scoring, hold the debriefing session using the prompts included, give the ReMindwinder, and summarize the universal themes practiced in the Mindwinder.

Option 3: Present the Mindwinder over the course of a week.

  • Monday: Diagram the model. Present the theme and invite class discussion. Read the literature. Set the intent.
  • Tuesday: Give a copy of the hands-on challenge to each team. Using only paper, pencil, and brainpower, they will make a concrete plan to solve the given challenge. (No materials are given.)
  • Wednesday: Supplies/materials are offered and each team executes its plan. If time is limited, be sure to have the materials sorted before class so that the students can begin immediately. You’ll need time for scoring and for cleanup.
  • Thursday (active reflection): Engage in conversation about the theme, the activity, and correlations. Use the debrief questions for direction if desired. Your class discussion will be the springboard for further debrief questions and topics. Give the Mindwinder.
  • Friday (quiet reflection): Journaling session allows the student to process the week’s information/inspiration.

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