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We didn’t make this organizational style up! Adapted from John Bransford (University of Washington, Seattle) and his colleagues, the lessons are organized as “inquiry cycles.” In How People Learn, Bransford suggested that using real cases, embedding questions that help learners map old knowledge on to new knowledge, providing resources, and promoting reflection can create the conditions for learning. Likewise, the Mentor Modules provide “Real World Cases” capture attention and offer a tangible example of the topic. The the questions after each case help learners consider what they already know before adopting new understandings. The “Building Knowledge” section provides learners with new information through articles, expert interviews, demonstrations, and activities. And the “Review and Reflect” questions help learners think through new ways of being a great mentor.