Mentor Me. Mentor You. How Peer Mentoring Guides Positive Learning
- August 15, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Innovation in the Classroom
Mentoring is not a new concept. In fact, its origin goes back hundreds of years. But its value has taken on new impetus in both education and the workplace over the last few decades. A mentor is generally thought of as a person who takes special interest in guiding another person in developing particular skills or comprehension in a subject or field of study.
Sometimes it can be difficult for students to cultivate a one-on-one with their teachers or instructors, so they may look elsewhere for a mentor. This might be a friend, a person experienced in a certain field of study, or oftentimes, a fellow student.
Someone who is willing to share their knowledge of a subject with a peer or another person can be a mentor. Basically, effectively mentoring someone entails trust, respect, empathy and understanding.
Regardless of age or position, an effective mentor has the ability to share not only expertise but also life experiences. Good mentors are also good listeners, savvy observers and adept problem-solvers.
It’s important that a good mentor strive to understand and respect the interests of their mentee, being vigilant to allow their accomplishments be self-directed. This kind of accountability builds confidence and encourages growth for the mentee.
Peer mentoring lets older students mentor younger students to provide guidance in a subject or project. A peer mentor should be a role model and can help their mentee face challenges that might include not only schoolwork, but also social issues; family difficulties; or typical problems that come with growing up.
For younger students who simply need a little extra attention or who are otherwise without a stable support system, a strong peer mentoring relationship can be very positive.
Mentoring, especially peer mentoring can often provide the attention, support and kindness a young person may need, especially if they have experienced losing a parent or family member, or relocating from a different cultural environment.
At Yorktown Education, both mentoring and peer mentoring are engrained within our collaborative environment. Our students are assured the quality support they need at every stage of their development, whether from teachers, administrators or fellow students. There are always people nearby who care and reach out to support one another. It’s collaboration at its best.