Mentoring

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Mentoring

  1. 1. “You can only love me as much as youlove yourself. I need a friend, and I needsupport. But in the long run, I’m not reallylooking for you. I’m looking for me.”Don Shaw, youth worker
  2. 2. HISTORY OF MENTORINGThe term “mentor” is taken from Homer’s Odyssey, in whichUlysses asks his friend Mentor to counsel and guide his son duringhis absence in the Trojan War.Throughout history, the relationship has been naturally duplicatedand refined in hundreds of ways - in apprentice andmaster, student and teacher, and friend and counselor
  3. 3. HOW DOES IT WORK?• Improving cognitive skills.• Serving as a role model.• Mentors can provide new perspectives, possibilities, and options.Think of the mentor as a “learning leader” who facilitates a learningprocess,rather than as a guru who passes down “the word” to the mentee.
  4. 4. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MENTOR ARE ?1. Provides guidance based on past experience2. Creates a positive counseling relationship and climate ofopen communication.3. Helps the mentee identify problems and solutions.4. Leads the mentee through problem solving processes.5. Offers constructive feedback in a supportive way sharesstories, including mistakes .6. Comes prepared to each meeting to discuss issues.
  5. 5. ADULT LEARNINGIn terms of adult learning, keep in mind the following.Adults are:Relevancy oriented—they need to know why they are learning something.Autonomous and self-directedGoal orientedPractical and problem-solvers, and have accumulated life experiences thatshape their learning.
  6. 6. BUILDING SELF-AWARENESSPersonal weaknesses/Low aptitudesWhat do you lack theconfidence tobetter at?Personal strengths/High aptitudesDrives FearsWhat prevents you fromsucceeding?/What causesyou to fail?What would you like tobe better at?What makes yousucceed?

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