INTRODUCTION TO MENTORING

Introduction

Mentor had its origin in Homer's Odyssey when a wise and learned man named Mentor was entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son Telemachus. A central quality of mentoring was that it was intentional, nurturing, insightful, and supportive.
    other terms: guide, supporter, advisor, teacher specialist, teacher coach, consultant, helping teacher, peer teacher, support teacher, encourager, and befriender.

Our group will be examining the concept of mentoring as it pertains to implementing the much ballyhooed, but not yet realized concept of partnership, by examining existing mentoring programs and creating a a resource of mentoring programs for K12 schools world wide. Mentors are retired teachers, senior citizens, professionals on line and professionals interested in education. They are community members interested in the youth of their communities. Mentoring projects are partnerships between corporations and schools, between different levels of schools, and between organizations and schools. We are interested in finding mentoring programs and pointing them out and determining what it takes to have a successful mentoring program in your school or community.

    We are assuming that mentoring is pedagogically valuable:
      A. it expands the notion of what education is, and who educators are
      B. it provides the student with guidance/instruction from people who are not classroom teachers, thus offering:
        1. multiple perspectives on what the student is doing/has done
        2. a critical view from a source outside the classroom and thus more related to the real world; it is more authentic.

This site will guide you through information important for you if you plan to participate in a mentoring program.

  • We offer facts about What Mentoring is.
  • We provide the PROS about Mentoring.
  • We provide the CONS about Mentoring.
  • We provide Examples of Mentoring.
  • We provide methods for you to Find Mentoring partners.
  • We provide a real Mentoring project at Murry Bergtraum High School.
  • We provide Guidelines to be observed in Mentoring programs.
  • We provide Technological assistance.
  • We tell you who We are and how you can reach us to add, confer, or discuss Mentoring.

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