Mentoring Minds’ Total Motivation Math and Total Motivation ELA Win Academics’ Choice 2015 Smart Media Award

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Print-and-Online Hybrid Format of Popular Supplemental Curriculum Recognized Among the Best Thinking-Based Products in the Country

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We are thrilled that Mentoring Minds continues to receive industry recognition for developing outstanding education resources.

Mentoring Minds, the national publisher of critical thinking-focused educational resources for K–12, today announced that Total Motivation Math and Total Motivation ELA have each won the Academics’ Choice 2015 Smart Media Award.

Academics’ Choice Awards™ help parents and educators validate claims such as “better thinking” and “educational toy” with a qualified, scientific, and objective approach to evaluation. Its mission is to help parents and educators distinguish between “class-time fillers” and genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher-order thinking skills. Each submission is evaluated by an independent panel of highly qualified academics, parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and children. Criteria for evaluation includes educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability, and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award.

“We are thrilled that Mentoring Minds continues to receive industry recognition for developing outstanding education resources. It is a testament to our team’s commitment to design resources that support today’s teachers as they help learners build critical thinking skills,” said Robert Bush, CEO Mentoring Minds.

Total Motivation Math and Total Motivation ELA are both part of Total Motivation, a standards-aligned, supplemental curriculum that features an innovative print-and-online solution. This distinctive approach includes the same award-winning content in both print and online formats, ensuring that teachers and students have access to high-quality content to help students master rigorous standards and effectively build individual critical-thinking skills. Total Motivation Math offers teachers the opportunity to engage in activities that foster critical thinking and mathematical reasoning. The resource is designed to familiarize students with a digital environment, foster a positive attitude toward mathematics, and improve math literacy. Total Motivation ELA addresses standards for reading, foundational skills, writing, speaking/listening, and language.

The Teachers’ Editions of both provide extensive guidance on how to teach each standard as well as classroom-tested ideas and activities to build into lesson plans. Motivation Online, the online component of Total Motivation, enables real-time progress monitoring for more effective instruction, and each practice activity is coded to a standard and a level of thinking, freeing teachers to spend more time teaching.

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company
Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company, delivers affordable, effective instructional resources that help students develop the skills to succeed both in the classroom and in life. Experienced educators create award-winning K-12 print and digital resources that integrate best practices for supplementary instruction, learning and assessment across a range of subject areas. Mentoring Minds is committed to empowering teachers and students, providing customized school-wide and district-wide solutions across the nation. For more information about Mentoring Minds and its educational resources, call 800-585-5258 or visit

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