Becoming an Effective PLP-George Mason Univ

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  • Mason is a very welcoming environment in many ways; but that doesn’t mean that international students don’t have added challenges (including language barrier!) in acclimating to the nuances of American education. Never assume your ACCESS partner always understands cultural references. [Show video while students are answer questions]
  • There are six themes which will guide you with developing your skills as a PLP:Supportingthrough empathy, encouragement, and positive reinforcementFacilitate the learning process asrole modelAssist students to engage in critical thinkingHelp students manage conflicting roles and responsibilitiesColleagues’ support through support groupsProvide a feel of partnership with students by using “significant” coaching activities
  • Mentoring Activities are perceived to include the following roles for a mentor: Assessor.Facilitator.Role Model.Planning.Material Support.Interpersonal Support including:Trust.Personal Connection, (Appreciation of student’s abilities).Career development, (Support interests of student & keeping an open mind to achieve students’ vision).Student Empowerment.Developmental:Personal & Social Skills, (Self-esteem & Self confidence)Motivation, (help keep students focused on achievement of their goals). Maturation, (help transition between maturity stages)Attitudinal & Behavioral, (help change from negative to positive).  
  • Major Domains (Areas) where mentoring can be exercised: (Nora & Crisp)
  • Question: Come up with an example of a time when someone displayed/helped you in one of the ways listed on this slide.
  • Question: Come up with an example when you developed an understanding of one of the quoted elements listed on this slide.
  • Question: Come up with an example of a time when someone displayed/helped you in one of the ways listed on this slide.
  • Question: Come up with an example of a time when someone displayed/helped you in one of the ways listed on this slide.
  • Question: Come up with an example of a time when someone displayed/helped you in one of the ways listed on this slide.
  • Question: Come up with an example when you developed an understanding of one of the quoted elements listed on this slide. 
  • Question: Come up with an example when you developed an understanding of one of the points listed on this slide.

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  • 1. Center for International Student Access
    Where Innovation is Tradition
    Becoming an Effective Peer Learning Partner Using Lessons in Mentoring with Cultural Sensitivity
    By Hanan Alkibsi & Nicole Sealey ©2011
  • 2. Presentation Outcomes
    Provide a broad overview of your role as a Peer Learning Partner from multiple perspectives (academic, personal, etc.)
    Setting the tone for building strong partnerships in the coming term
  • 3. Internationalization at Mason: Do you Know?
    • What percentage of Mason’s 32,000+ students are international?
    • 4. How many countries are represented at Mason?
    • 5. How many languages?
    • 6. How many majors do we offer in international/global areas?
    • 7. How many minors?
    • 8. What percentage of Mason students
    can claim ethnic origins from outside
    the US?
  • 9. Elements of Guidingthrough Peer-Assisted Learning
    • Supportingthrough empathy, encouragement, and positive reinforcement
    • 10. Facilitate the learning process asrole model
    • 11. Assist students to engage in critical thinking
    • 12. Help students manage conflicting roles and responsibilities
    • 13. Colleagues’ support through support groups
    • 14. Provide a feel of partnership with students by using “significant” coaching activities
  • Your Roles as a PLP
  • Exercising your Role(s) within Major (Areas)
    • Psychological and emotional support
    • 20. Help in setting goals
    • 21. Help in advancing student’s knowledge relevant to the chosen field
    • 22. Role modeling effective research methods
    • 23. Deep involvement in discussions:
    • 24. asking questions
    • 25. expressing ideas
    • 26. sharing various point of views
    • 27. Fostering inquisitive communication
  • Psychological and emotional support
    • Listening to student’s concerns
    • 28. Empathetic listening;
    • 29. Genuine understanding;
    • 30. Acceptance of students’ feelings
    • 31. Providing moral support.
    • 32. Encouragement & motivation;
    • 33. Building student’s self confidence & self-esteem
    • 34. Helping to identify problems
    • 35. Providing encouragement
    • 36. Establishing a supportive relationship between PLP and student
    • 37. Sharing PLP’s feedback on issues important to student
  • Learning How to Learn
    Guide the students on:
    How “to be a better student”
    How “to inquire and construct knowledge”
    How “to pursue self-directed learning”
    In a nutshell: Encourage ACCESS students to learn how to find, collect and evaluate information from different sources that are available to them. Aid them to critically examine the issues they are covering so the benefits of their students will reach beyond the classroom.
  • 38. Caring
    • Encouragement
    • 39. Show excitement about whatever they are doing in order to excel in these pursuits
    • 40. Developing new interests, feelings and values will translate to a caring attitude about the material or topic being studied
    • 41. Express your caring that encourages the students to study the material with higher degree of involvement and care to achieve a higher degree of understanding
  • Human Dimension
    • Cultivate self-confidence and self-esteem in the student by encouraging them to live by ethical principles that develop character
    • 42. Be culturally sensitive
    • 43. Develop and define common goals
  • Integration
    Examine topics in their materials of studies from different perspectives (e.g., historical, geographical, economical as well as religious)
    Guide students to become active members of the community through connecting their experiences to those of others
    Builds relationship with students as members of a learning community
  • 44. Application
    Encourage students to critically think about the material they are learning by analyzing and critiquing the issues
    Developing practical thinking processes from covered materials, developing abilities to solve and manage real life situations creates a meaningful and practical understanding of the topics being studied
    Guide them to progress through the three stages of thinking
    Critical (Analyze and evaluate),
    Creative (imagine and create new ideas, designs or product) and
    Practical (ability to use and apply knowledge to solve a problem or make a decision).
  • 45. Foundational Knowledge
    Achieve the basic level of knowledge and remember the topics they have learned
    Make sure that the students comprehend the main concepts of the topic they are learning
    Develop practical uses of this knowledge and integrate different disciplines of knowledge in order to be used in daily situations to solve real life problems.
  • 46. Cultural DIFFERENCES
    A simulation activity
  • 47. Online Video Resources
    Diversity commercial
    PBS Documentary on Cultural Differences
  • 48. Bibliography
    Brookfield, S. D. (2005). The skillful teacher. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.
    Crisp, G., & Cruz, I. (2009). Mentoring college students: a critical review of the literature between 1990 and 2007. Research in Higher Education, 50(6), Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com/content/235846n23h3jv228/ doi: 10.1007/s11162-009-9130-2
    Fink, L. D. (2003). Creating significant learning experiences. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.
    Stearns, P. (2009). Education global citizens in colleges and universities: Challenges and opportunities. New York, NY: Routlege.
  • 49. Video Bibliography
    Tlizzle3. (Producer). (2009). Diversity commercial. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9djNDIYRHp0
    76ers. (Producer). (2007). Cultural differences. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7Xixe11U4&feature=related
    Terranenvoy. (Producer). (2010). George Mason University International Week 2010: Global Roots. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRdpyav6TIw
  • 50. CONACT US:
    Nicole Sealey, Course Questions
    Lindsay Kenton, HR Questions
    CISA@GMU.EDU
    703.993.4711
    Mason Hall, RM D109
    OBTAIN THIS PRESENTATION ONLINE:
    http://cisa.gmu.edu
    Thank you!