CLASSROOM – MENTORING
Welcome to the New Year as we enter the classroom and National Mentoring Month, too. We all benefit from a mentor – someone who teaches us the things we aspire to learn. Sometimes a mentor is a peer or a leader. Often, being a mentor is as much a learning experience as being a mentee is, too.
Our students benefit from being in the role of mentor and mentee. Developing student based mentoring programs in your classroom may help create bonds and have a positive impact on a classroom
- improve students’ self-esteem
- breaks down social barriers
- develop independence and confidence
- improve relationships between students
- create an atmosphere of connectedness
- develop motivated students
HOW TO OBSERVE
Create this a mentoring program in your classroom. Review the suggestions under This Week’s Projects. Empower your students to learn from each other and watch them grow.
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THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS
If you don’t have a mentoring program in your school or classroom, start small. Create a math or reading buddy program. Here are a few ways to get started:
- Use games to guide your mentors. Math, reading, social skills, and language-based game offer a relaxed atmosphere to launch a mentoring program.
- Allow mentors to brainstorm ideas to help meet their mentees’ goals.
- Create an opportunity for residents of local retirement homes to become mentors in the school. Both retirees and students will benefit from a cultural exchange.
- Visit nationalmentoringresourcecenter.org for ideas, tips, and links to creating a mentoring program in your school.