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We've had some interesting conversations over the past while about how mentors compliment and support students through the exhibition process. Elementary teachers, parents, senior school teachers, support staff, administrators are all potential mentors but what is the best
way to gather their support?


Listening to others in our shared session today was really useful as new ideas were put forth. I particularly liked the idea of school administrators and leaders modelling to other teachers by

offering themselves as mentors. The suggestion of specifically targeting and
inviting grade 6 teachers is a great opportunity for them to meet the students
they will see next year.


How will we ensure that we have enough mentors for all of our students? Do we need to have 1:1 mentoring for all students, or should we encourage group mentoring? Is there a way to engage mentors using

technology?




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Great ideas...given that students in grade 5 are more comfortable with many interactive web tools, many of which allow for synchronous or asynchronous collaboration, there is no reason why we should keep on restricting mentor-student times together to face-2-face meetings. Surely there's potential for Primarypad, Prezi Meetings, Bubbl.us, Google Forms to be used in a new mentoring scenario? This could open up many possibilities as it would mean more flexibility within the teacher/mentor's timetable.
I like the idea of keeping mentors involved through weekly updates. I also like the idea of 1:1 mentoring, where each meeting lasts for 15 minutes. A mentor could meet with 3 students in a session. The kids could even go down to the mentor's room at appointment time rather than have the mentor come up each time. If each mentor has 3 kids that means we need about 27 mentors. We need to start approaching mentors now to find volunteers initially.
I also like the idea of 1-1 mentors. But I also think we can do better with mentoring by providing more in depth feedback when the children do their "practice runs." The quality of the feedback then is really important but there also needs to be quality follow-through afterward. Mentors could be targeted to a few children instead of (as happens at the moment) simply going round and talking to whichever child is available. Perhaps we need to redefine the purpose of those pre-exhibition presentations to make sure that they really allow for the children to have quality feedback from experienced mentors?

Teresa
As Rachel suggested, I also like the idea of different Grades looking at different areas of learning, with their teachers. First Graders look at Knowledge, 3rd graders look at action etc etc

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