L'Instant du Mentorat
Ministry of Education – Teaching Policy and Standards Branch
MENTORING MOMENTS: KEY IDEAS FOR MENTORS
Issue 25 / May 2014
Mentoring is the heart of New Teacher Induction Program and the ongoing support of our NTIP mentors is a critical component of our shared work. Below are some key ideas about how as mentors we can be mindful in our approach to “the complex dynamics of human interaction” that shape all of our relationships.
Knowing how we respond internally and externally is the 50% of the equation we can influence in any human interaction. Just like with students, we can make conscious choices to inflate or deflate challenges we encounter in interacting with our colleagues.
Simply being “present” and attending fully is an integral part of establishing the relational trust that is an essential component of any mentoring relationship.
Attributes Based Approach
By purposefully seeking out the strengths and attributes our colleagues possess we empower not only the beginning teachers we are working with, but continue to engage in our own learning and growth. We have so much to learn from and with each other!
In a nutshell, by taking care of ourselves we have more to give to others. Sounds simplistic, but sometimes there are deep truths in simple ideas. Basic things like daily physical activity, reflection, nutrition, and laughter are powerful gifts we can give ourselves, those we mentor, and ultimately the students we teach.
Learning Focused Conversations – Ideas to Consider
Over the last several months the Teaching Policy and Standards Branch (TPSB) has had the privilege of working with (and learning from) several board NTIP teams in the design and delivery of foundational professional learning opportunities for NTIP mentors.
During these sessions mentors honed their coaching skills via engagement in authentic learning focused conversations with colleagues. This graphic illustrates the types of conversations mentors may frequently engage in with the beginning teachers they support.
Below are some core elements for mentors to consider as they facilitate learning focused conversations.
Sounds like you’re very worried (feeling) about planning for the open house. (content)
Using Questions to Mediate Thinking
Flexibility of Stance and Role
Practical ideas and tools for mentors including monographs, slidecasts, web links, example videos and even a mentoring ebook are all available on the Professional Learning Resources for Mentors page at: http://mentoringmoments.ning.com/group/mentoring-mentors/page/ebookataglance.