Mentor

26 Jun

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I am currently doing a great deal of mentoring in my role as Leader of the Curriculum group.The word ‘mentor’ comes from a Hungarian word, ‘bus’, which means helping people move. Mentoring is a way of leading and learning, and a mentor is someone who takes the time to have focused conversations with others to help them maximise their capabilities. Mentoring is about creating the conditions for learning and growing. It is the process of Ako.

Teachers are used to being the authorities and possessing the answers. The role has now changed for them now to be facilitators as students can Google the answers a great deal quicker. However, if we want teachers to take ownership for their learning, the mentor cannot be the expert, as this creates learned helplessness on the part of the mentored teachers. The primary responsibility for learning must rest on the shoulders of those doing the learning, and it is the mentor’s role to facilitate the learning and to build capacity.

The danger with mentoring lies in the perceived need for the mentor to appear brilliant, to be seen to have all the answers. When mentors are focused on looking wonderfully clever, they do not listen long enough. They summarize and interpret and direct far too early in the session. Mentors need to realize that the brilliant person is the client. The mentor’s job is to help the client discover that.

Try the WIN technique this week if you are involved in mentoring. Establish and prioritize: What’s Important Now. Thank you for your feedback. Let me know if this works as well for you as it has for me.

 

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