How to TeamMastermind: Facilitating the Mindwinders
Option 1: Present the Mindwinder in its entirety
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
- Friday (quiet reflection): Journaling
session allows the student to process the week’s
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