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Thought Leadership

Insights. Inspiration. Edification.

At Mentoring Minds, we consider ourselves your partner in education—a commitment that extends well beyond our innovative array of products.

That’s why our distinguished educators and authors dig deep into topics on the cutting edge of education, imparting the latest scholarship on subjects you can use to improve teaching and learning—and elevate student achievement.

3 Essential College and Career-Ready Skill Sets PDF - 625k

Author: Karin Hess, Ed.D.

Just what, exactly, does college and career-readiness mean, aside from being a long list of skills and traits we’re meant to impart to our students? Inspired by a conversation with her college-aged son, Dr. Karin Hess drew up a CCR framework to better define educators’ goals in preparing students for the future, as well as the pathway for getting there. It’ll help you put pen to paper when it comes down to planning for student achievement—there's even a worksheet to use with your PLC!

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Topics: College and Career Readiness, Critical Thinking, Depth of Knowledge, Student-Centered Learning

Creating Thoughtful Classrooms PDF - 78k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Of much importance is the culture that is created in today’s classrooms. What teachers say and do can foster and find significance in student thinking. Students learn what deep thinking looks like by the actions teachers take. Classroom cultures that support and promote thinking are essential to student success.

Learn ways to create a "thinking culture" in the classroom.

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Topics: Think-Aloud Strategy, Thinking Culture, Instructional Strategies

Developing Higher-Order Thinking PDF - 70k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Higher-order thinking skills are required of students as they transfer or apply knowledge to newly encountered situations and problems. Students who learn to think critically can make informed decisions, reach reasonable solutions, analyze and evaluate evidence, and much more.

Discover innovative ways to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, Instructional Strategies, Teaching the Standards

Think Thoughtfully PDF - 81k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Critical thinking. Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. How can educators integrate these 21st century skills in classrooms?

Learn ideas to introduce 21st century skills in the classroom.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, Instructional Strategies, 21st-Century Skills

Technology Integration to Transform Learning PDF - 1.21mb

Authors: Rebecca Stobaugh, Ph.D. & Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Schools are increasingly using a wide array of digital tools to support and enhance learning. But rather than allowing the integration of technology to become an end goal in itself, implementation should utilize technology as an instrument to engage students in higher-level thinking tasks.

Discover ideas for incorporating critical thinking tasks into digital assignments.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, Technology, Ed Tech, Instructional Strategies

Think Critically PDF - 190k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Asking questions takes skill and practice. By making subjects intellectually challenging, and asking questions that delve deep into learning, teachers give students opportunities to move beyond surface thinking and think critically as they acquire and evaluate new knowledge.

Discover innovative ways to engage students in critical thinking.

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Topics: Critical Thinking, 21st-Century Skills, Instructional Strategies, Thinking-Centered Classroom

Thinking About Thinking Improves Learning PDF - 190k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Think effectively! Monitor thinking! Reflect on the quality of your thinking! These scholastic “commandments" are key to developing lifelong learners that can help us create a better society for all.

Discover ways of guiding students to value the importance of what goes on in their heads during the all-important thought process.

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Topics: Metacognitive Skills, Self-Directed Students, Lifelong Learners

Thinking to Learn the Socratic Way PDF - 190k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Not all children come to school equally prepared to learn. So teachers must create a culture of thinking to elevate student achievement. Proven effective across the millennia, Socratic conversation is one very effective way of accomplishing this.

Learn about the most effective formats and prompts to create an enriching Socratic dialogue in your classrooms.

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Topics: Socratic Questions, Instructional Strategies, Collaboration, Thinking-Centered Classroom

Fostering Academic Classroom Conversations PDF - 190k

Author: Sandra L. Love, Ed.D.

Engaging students in conversation is essential to deeper learning. This “academic talk" creates opportunities for them to practice skills, including the ability to express and defend positions, consider different points of view, plus gather and evaluate evidence.

Learn invaluable tips on how to get the conversation going in your classrooms.

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Topics: 21st-Century Skills, Instructional Strategies, Academic Talk, Classroom Discussion

The Hidden Curriculum PDF - 190k

Author: Marcela Garza, Educational Consultant

Educators today must teach a variety of coursework: the one mandated by the state, the one the teacher is passionate about, the tested one, and a hidden one as well. This multilayered curriculum is challenging because it is merely assumed, often taken for granted, and denied to students that need it most.

Learn invaluable time management, problem-solving and study skills to overcome these obstacles.

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Topics: Types of Curricula, 21st-Century Skills, Problem Solving, College-Readiness

Meet Our Experts

Sandra Love, Ed.D.

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction,
    Mississippi State University
  • Mid-Management, Supervision, Gifted
    Education, and Early Childhood certifications
  • 37 years in public education
  • TEPSA National Distinguished Principal, 1998

Marcela Garza,
Educational Consultant