Post #6 on the 30-Day Blogging Challenge asks: What do a good mentor ‘do’?
Here are some thoughts, in no particular order.
A good mentor:
- Is supportive
- Takes the time to build a relationship with you
- Challenges your thinking
- Makes time for you
- Provides constructive feedback
- Has your back
- Helps you construct balance between personal and professional lives
- Sets an example
- Helps you reflect
I have been a mentor to a newer teacher and wish I knew then what I know now. My mentee is still teaching; I suppose that’s a good sign. As I reflect, I would say that I’ve been an unofficial mentor to others rising in the field of education as well – student interns, support staff, new teachers with whom I’ve connected.
I’ve also had the great fortune to have many people in my professional life I consider mentors, none of whom were officially assigned to me in that capacity, but nonetheless, served that role for me. You know who you are, I won’t name names. I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post.