Review: Mentoring Minds



What is it?
The team over at Mentoring Minds has clearly identified a problem with today’s students.  Students have access to more information than any generation that has come before them.  The problem though, is that many students have not learned the skills needed to convert this information into knowledge.  Mentoring Minds is tackling this challenge head on with their suite of products.

Mentoring Minds has created supplemental curriculum for English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science. All of their curricula is aligned with the common core standards.  Each lesson cites the standard(s) being taught, but its not a “teaching to the test” style of learning.  They’ve developed their curriculum with a focus on motivation while integrating four major components: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication.  Refereed to as the “Four Cs”, these skills are vital to student success in this new digital world.

What do you get?
When you purchase the Mentoring Minds curriculum, you’ll receive both the print and online version of the text.   The physical workbooks are great for students who prefer the traditional style of learning or may not have access to technology on consistent basis outside of the classroom.  For those of learners who do have access to a device,  the online text is a fantastic resource.  The online version includes real time progress monitoring for every child.  Teachers can get direct insight on student comprehension and understanding.  Support can be provided to students who need it, WHEN they need it.

In addition to the supplemental curriculum for Math, English and Science,  the site also offers guides and flip charts on topics such as math manipulatives, intervention, differentiation strategies, and cyber bullying.  The guides are packed full on useful information, charts, ideas, etc.  If you take nothing more from this review, at least take a look at the guides.

Where can I learn more?
If you are interested in learning more about the Mentoring Minds products, there are three resources I would suggest:

  1. Start by checking out the research section of the website.  Here you’ll find a collection of studies, product research, and in depth guides detailing what was used to create the curriculum.  You can find all of this on the research tab of their website.
  2. Spend a few minutes reading about the team of administrators and educators from across the K-16 sector who design the Mentoring Minds products.
  3. Finally, read a few entries on the site’s blog.  I personally like to do this with many of the potential purchases I make.  I want to know that the company I’m looking at is truly looking to give back to educational landscape and.  Up to date blog entries that address common issues do just that.