Join the "With Math I Can" Lesson Plan Challenge!

Grand-prize winner receives a new Amazon Fire tablet, a virtual PD session with Jo Boaler, and more!

February 02, 2016
Erin Wilkey Oh Executive Editor, Education Content and Distribution
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration

Editor's Note: This contest refers to Graphite, the former name of this website.

In collaboration with, Common Sense Graphite is hosting a Lesson Plan Challenge to provide teachers with inspiration and ideas on how to cultivate a growth mindset in students with digital tools. A growth mindset is the belief that one can develop abilities through hard work, effective strategies, and guidance from others.

What Needs to Be in the Lesson Plan?
Get Started!
Contest Dates
Contest Prizes
How Will the Lessons Be Judged?
Who's Judging the Lesson Plans?
Helpful Resources

What Needs to Be in the Lesson Plan?

Using Graphite's lesson-planning framework, create a lesson plan that integrates at least one digital tool. The lesson can address any subject area and should:

  • Provide students open problems to solve and encourage them to employ strategies such as:
    • working backward;
    • solving smaller problems within big problems;
    • drawing a picture, creating a model, or making a table, chart, graph, or list;
    • identifying important information/checking for relevant information;
    • and using logical reasoning and/or finding a pattern or rule.
  • Include instructions for teachers on specific strategies and language they can use to foster a growth mindset in their students, such as:
    • celebrating their mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow;
    • fearlessly sharing their thinking and patiently listening to others;
    • and persevering through difficult practice and trying new strategies when stuck.
  • Incorporate the hashtag #WithMathICan in the lesson title.

Get Started!

Ready to dive in? If you're already registered on Graphite, sign in here! Not yet a member? Sign up! After signing-in or registering, you'll be directed to the Lesson Plan template. If you're already signed-in, you can create your Lesson Plan now.

Not sure what a Graphite Lesson Plan is? Watch this video to learn more: What Are Graphite Lesson Plans?

Need inspiration or ideas? Check out these exemplar Lesson Plans.

Contest Dates

The contest runs from February 2, 2016, at 6 a.m. PST to February 29, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Contest Prizes

The grand-prize winner will receive a new Fire tablet; a virtual professional development session for the creator and his/her school colleagues with Stanford professor and former math teacher Jo Boaler; Boaler’s latest book Mathematical Mindsets; a one year/one class subscription to CueThink; and a $50 Amazon gift card. The second- and third-prize winners will receive the book Mathematical Mindsets, a one year/one class subscription to CueThink, and a $50 Amazon gift card. Seven additional runners-up will receive the book Mathematical Mindsets and a one year/one class subscription to CueThink.

How Will the Lessons Be Judged?

Lesson Plans will be evaluated by our panel of expert judges, who will be looking for high-quality, creative, and innovative lessons that help students learn different problem-solving strategies and cultivate a growth mindset using digital tools.

A high-quality Lesson Plan outlines specific activities, digital tools, and instructions that encourage students to think creatively about how to tackle a problem and build a growth mindset. Additionally, the Lesson Plan must be well organized, accessible to the average teacher, and engaging for students and must meaningfully incorporate technology.

See these exemplar Lesson Plans for inspiration.

Who's Judging the Lesson Plans?
  • Kelly Arl, computer technology teacher for grades 6-8 at Ladue Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jo Boaler, Stanford professor, former math teacher, and author of eight books
  • August Deshais, kindergarten teacher at Ridgewood Elementary School in Eureka, California
  • Erin Wilkey Oh, executive editor of education marketing for Common Sense and former high school English teacher
  • Meera Vaidyanathan, VP of content for TenMarks Education

Helpful Resources

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