Introduce yourself and mention there are 5 parts to this workshop, which are: About the aPLaNet project (5 minutes) Introduction to mentoring (5 minutes) Mentoring online (5 minutes) aPLaNet mentoring (30 minutes) aPLaNet mentoring procedure support for aPLaNet mentors resources for aPLaNet mentors Meet the aPLaNet mentors (15 minutes)
Give a very brief overview of the aPLaNet project: Q: Who is it aimed at? A: European language educators, but open to all Q: What are our aims? A: We want to help and encourage those who are reluctant or shy to use ICT, SN or build a PLN on their own through mentoring and providing materials for self-access.
Mention that mentoring means different things to different people. Ask the audience: What does mentoring mean to you? Respond to the comments, then... Mention that this quotation perhaps best sums up the spirit of mentoring on the aPLaNet project Tell audience that if they want to read more about mentoring in general and how it fits in with our project, we recommend the first section of our Mentors guide, now available online.
Ask the audience to type in the chat responses to these two questions and respond to them. If not mentioned, also say:- - lack of body language (pay attention to tone of voice / listen more carefull y/ be an active listener) - technical problems (use comm. tools you are comfortable with and know are reliable / plan B if it doesn't work) - drop-out rate higher (do your best to establish a level of commitment / set clear goals and schedule regular meets) - potential for miscommunication greater (be wary of multi-tasking/regular feedback and restatement) Tell them there is more about this in the Mentor handbook
Mention that mentors should be confident and experienced (to a certain degree) with ICT and social networking for professional reasons and willing to spare some of their time to help others Ask the audience if all present are members of the Ning – if not, then encourage them to join if they are interested in volunteering as mentors. Ask if the registered mentors are also members of the Mentors group – say that when they are ready to be mentors, they should join the Mentors group (and any of the others they think relevant – Mentors of Facebook, Mentors of Ning, etc) – they will then be contacted and then once confirmed, be listed on the Mentor page of the Ning.
Mention the three ways of putting mentors in touch with mentees.
Say that it is important once contact has been established, and before the first live (synchronous) meeting for the mentor to find out as much about the mentee as possible re. their needs. This data will probably be the basis for conversation in the first meeting, where objectives should be set.
Say these are the suggestions for the first mentor-mentee meeting. Ask audience for suggestions about a) – how best to do this? (possible answers – sharing personal information / asking questions / showing interest / etc. Go over SMART criteria: S pecific – what the mentor wants should be clearly expressed and unambiguous. M easurable – how will you know when the goal has been obtained? A ttainable – the objective should be realistic. R elevant – i.e pertaining to the mentee's teaching situation. T ime-bound – be sure to set a deadline.
aPLaNet Mentor Guide : helps mentors familiarise themselves with mentoring in general and the specifics of aPLaNet mentoring. aPLaNet Mentee Guide : helps mentees understand what they can get out of the mentoring
aPLaNet Pre-piloting questionnaire : completed by the mentee to evaluate the project. This can also be used to help the mentor – as the basis for questions at the initial meeting. Teacher Diary : a template that can be used by mentees to reflect on the process.
aPLaNet Teacher Guide : 150 page reference guide to background of the project, methodology and about ICT resources recommended by the aPLaNet project. Modular on website and can be dipped into as needed by mentor and mentee. Contains sections on social networks. Technological Guides : information about ICT tools that are of use when building a PLN or for teaching/learning. Workshops : a series of online workshops (and recordings) will help mentors,mentees learn more about the mentoring process, building a PLN (Personal Learning Network) and how to use social networks for prof.developmt. Videos : short audio-visual guides to PLNs, social networks and a number of ICT tools recommended by the project.
Ask the audience. In the Mentor handbook we also say... Mentees no longer require a mentor when they are able to demonstrate that they: - are confident in their use of social networks to connect with other teachers, share resoources, connect with them. - have developed competence in using online tools for professional development; - are able to use a variety of learning technologies to work collaboratively with other teachers to their own satisfaction. - know to turn for help when they need to (they have built a PLN).
The aPLaNet project partners will be available to help and support mentors when needed. Publicly, there are groups set up to support mentors on the Ning – a general one for all things related to mentoring, and other more specific ones for different tools. There is also an email address for mentors who have more specific problems or require an answer in private to a particular issue or question - [email_address]
Any Questions? Please feel free to take the microphone and ask about anything that hasn't been covered so far, or let us know what you think about what has been said – all your comments about our mentoring system would be gratefully received. Thank you
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop November 23 rd 2011
1) About the aPLaNet project
2) Introduction to mentoring
3) Online mentoring - recommendations
4) aPLaNet mentoring
- aPLaNet mentoring procedure
- support for aPLaNet mentors
- resources for aPLaNet mentors
5) Meet the aPLaNet mentors
Disclaimer: The aPLaNet project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This document reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop The aPLaNet project is a European Union funded project for language educators all over the Europe, especially those who are new or do not use Internet social networks (SN) but wish to learn more and build their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) for professional development purposes. Find out more here: http://aplanet-project.eu About aPLaNet
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop 'Unlike a teacher or even a coach, who is focused on helping us learn and practice a particular set of skills, a mentor acts as a guide who helps us define and understand our own goals and pursue them successfully.' ( The Mentee's Guide, L. Zachary, 2009) Find out more here: http://aplanet-project.eu/mentorguide Introduction to Mentoring
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop How is online mentoring different from face-to-face mentoring? What can an online mentor do to make up for this? Find out more here: http://aplanet-project.eu/mentorguide Online Mentoring - recommendations
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 1 - Volunteering a) Join our Ning and offer to be a mentor http://aplanet-project.org b) Join one or more of the Mentors' groups http://aplanet-project.org/group/mentors c) Then we'll list you as a mentor here:- http://aplanet-project.org/page/mentors-1 aPLaNet Mentoring
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 2 – Finding a Mentor a) Offer to be a mentor to a member http://aplanet-project.org/profiles/members/ b) Be approached by a prospective mentee c) aPLaNet partners suggest a mentor aPLaNet Mentoring
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 3 – Planning for the first meeting a) Agree on date of first meeting b) Think about mentee's n eeds - aPLaNet questionnaire data - mentee profile - initial correspondence c) Choose meeting platform (Skype / WIZ IQ) aPLaNet Mentoring
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 4 – The first meeting a) Get to know each other / build rapport b) Set objectives (maximum 3) - SMART criteria c) Agree when to meet again aPLaNet Mentoring
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 6 – Coming to the end When is a good time to end the mentoring process? How do you know when the mentee is ready to 'go it alone'? aPLaNet Mentoring Find out more here: http://aplanet-project.org/page/mentors-1
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Step 7 – Support for mentors What support is there available for mentors? aPLaNet Mentoring http://aplanet-project.org/groups
APLaNet Online Mentoring Workshop Thank you! Any last questions / comments? aPLaNet Mentoring See you online: http://aplanet-project.org