Does this info graphic define mentoring for you?
Can mentoring be with more then one person?
Share your ideas and success stories.
Image retrieved from Pinterest
One of the reason I find blogging useful is it a simple way to share the wealth of information found online and to promote time to consider and reflect, to become more intentional in our thinking and doing. So find a critical friend, a mentor or a colleague and have a conversation.
How would you see yourself using these five questions?
1. What do you think?
2. Why do you think that?
3. How do you know this?
4. Can you tell me more?
5. What questions do you still have?
I imagine if these 5 simple questions become an intentional aspect of our thinking and interactions with children, our colleagues, our mentors and our mentees, we will become more reflective and intentional in understanding why are doing what we do! It helps create deeper thinking and allows for critical reflection.
One strategy I have seen used and have seen work is posting questions throughout the environment to reinforce the intentionality of our thinking. What are your thoughts?
In processing all the wonderful, exciting and challenging changes that are occurring in education which early education is now part of; and as I attempt to process the time I spent in Reggio Emilia, Italy, I find myself looking for folks to dialogue with, to share, debate, disagree, and find common ground with. I am ever more hopeful that as our young profession is growing we too are open to challenging the status quo, to expecting more from ourselves.
It is a hopeful, scary, exciting, challenging time,I know that others feel the same way. It is in this time where we need to reach out to others for support. It’s that notion that a trusting colleague or friend can listen without judgement and without fear we can process the changing terrain together.
1. What are your hopes, your fears for the children, families and yourself?
2. Who are your trusted colleagues or friends?
3. How can you build on these moments and conversations to take action in your day to day work?
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When moving towards intentional mentoring relationships a good place to start is by creating the culture or climate for Mentoring to occur.
To assist with this structure some create policies, ground rules or agreements to support the success of a mentoring partnership.
In her book Developing Mentoring and Coaching Relationships in Early Care and Education : A Reflective Approach, Marilyn Chu(2014) dedicates the first chapter to understanding the structure and dispositions needed to create learning partnerships.
What would your lists of agreements be?
What is Mindfulness? And how can it be applied at work? Enjoy these 10 tips.Try them out and share your experience. http://www.slideshare.net/wiley/10-ways-to-be-more-mindful
When you exercise these ways to stay mindful throughout your workday, you will master important facets of daily life. Learn more here: bit.ly/MindfulnessAtWork
Many people ask how do I get a mentoring program started?
This is a question that has been discussed for more than a decade in Early Childhood settings, whether we are talking about collegial mentoring or mentoring students the conversation is the same.
There is a fine line between a formal mentoring program and informal mentoring and for many mentoring is already occurring in their workplaces. So what are we asking then? What we are really referring to is what can be called intentional mentoring. If we apply the reflective model to this concept how would we begin?
It is about creating a culture of being that promotes relationships.
Brené Brown’s graphic provides the visual essence of what this might look and feel like. (click on Brené Brown to go directly to her work)
In Creating a Mentoring Culture by Lois Zachary (2005) she outlines a cultural audit that consist of 50 best practice items that work together to create a vibrant mentoring culture. Among them they include:
In a time of reflection, it is incumbent on each of us to look within and challenge ourselves to create a climate and culture open to other perspectives as we work towards a community of practice.
Image retrieved from http://soundchildcare.org/undoing-institutional-racism-training/ on Dec.3,2014.
Something to Ponder as we begin 2015…….
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.