I’m feeling rather sad and at a loose end! Mentoring provides you with a purpose, something different from your everyday routine and gives you an enormous boost of enthusiasm, self worth and happiness. The happiness comes from knowing that you are passing along helpful tips and advice, which will hopefully be of use to the mentees in the present and future.
The penultimate mentoring session! Today would be sort of a test for the mentees (and mentors) to see whether they had developed and retained any of the skills we had hoped they would learn over the course of the 6 weeks!
Today would be a practical session. The first part of the session would deal with Role models, whilst the second part of the session would require the students to act out a role play. My only worry about this session was that some of the students might not enjoy themselves, as it would require them to physically take part in a role play. This would cause some problem in terms of fear, nerves and panic amongst some of the shy and self conscious students.
Time really does fly when you are having fun… Today was the third session of the mentoring programme and the mentees had become accustomed to us and were…could I say generally quite pleased to see us…even though of course it would be too uncool to admit that!
Its the end of the week once again and I find myself wondering where the week runs off too? Having successfully completed the first session last Friday, I thought I had enough time to relax and plan activities for the next few weeks. Alas, that was not to be! The week just ran away and here I am, filled with nerves and armed with my basic but appropriate session plan, hoping our mentees would enjoy the activities. It is this planning malarkey which makes me think about the amount of work teachers and their assistants have to put into planning each session, throughout the whole academic year. Definitely some sympathy sent the way of teachers! (more…)
BUTTERFLIES ALERT: The fluttering of wings has begun once again!!
Rapport building session: getting to know the students.
My name is Sheinaz and I am a mentor for Mosaic – a charity which supports young people and children by linking them up with successful adult mentors, who can inspire them to have more confidence and achieve their dreams.