This blog is the 6th in my 30 Day Blogging Challenge. To see previous days, check out this post with links to all of them! The prompt for day 6 of TeachThought’s 30 Day Blogging Challenge is: Explain: What does a good mentor “do”?
I thought a good way to do this would be to say three things a good mentor does, and three things they don’t do.
3 Things a Good Mentor Does:
- Cheers – I think a good mentor is similar to a good cheerleader. (This might have popped in my head because I cheered in high school and am now a cheer coach.) They are always supporting you, whether you have a good day or bad. They work hard to keep your spirit up!
- Discusses – I was going to put “listens”, but I decided that a good mentor needs to be part of a conversation! There must be input from both sides – mentor and mentee.
- Keeps it Real – A good mentor needs to make sure they help to set realistic goals, give realistic advice, and have realistic expectations. Especially when mentoring a first-year teacher, it can be hard to remember that some days the goal is just to make it through with no tears!
3 Things a Good Mentor Doesn’t Do:
- Have ALL the Answers – While sometimes a mentee just needs a quick “yes” or “no”, most of the time its not appropriate to just hand out what the mentor thinks the right answer is. Its important to build up a mentee’s ability to answer questions for themselves, and come up with what the right answer is for them.
- Criticize – I think a good mentor needs to give feedback, but they must not be critical of everything the mentee is doing. This will create a hostile relationship instead of a trusting, comfortable relationship.
- Stagnate – All teachers need to constantly adapt. A good mentor will model this for their mentee. They will adjust their ways of teaching and mentoring to meet the needs of their students and mentee.
Since I’m doing this post a day late, I thought I’d create a word cloud using some other Day 6 posts from educators doing the 30 Day Challenge. That is the image at the top of the post!