Wilfrid Laurier Mentoring AQ - Mentoring for All

Thinking About All Learners
Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Practical Ideas from Mentors

Building Relational Trust

Mentoring AQ - Nov 25, 2017
  • Being vulnerable
  • Sharing our own challenges
  • Following through
  • Showing empathy
  • Celebrating small successes
  • Checking in (e.g. via text
  • Co-learning as equals
  • Being present in the moment
  • Sharing life experiences
  • Listening to listen
  • Balancing commitments
  • Basing stance and role on needs
  • Being respectful of different learning styles
  • Being open, honest and real
  • Asking person about their needs as a starting point
  • Offering validation
  • Listening to understand/learn
Mentoring AQ - Feb 11, 2017
  • Being vulnerable ourselves
  • Sharing challenges
  • Deprivatizing our own practice
  • Offering perspective on complexity of our work
  • Avoiding the "you shoulds"
  • Thinking about the agenda for learning together
  • Getting to know the person "beyond school"
  • Being trustworthy - e.g., respecting confidentiality, following through
Mentoring AQ - Jan 9, 2016
  • Sharing own challenges and mistakes levels the playing field (emphasizes you are a colleague)
  • Setting aside our own agenda and being authentically present in a listening stance
  • Following through on next steps - demonstrates commitment, mutual respect
  • Being "real"
  • Fostering a genuine relationship - building relational trust over time and with shared experiences
  • Enabling the teacher candidate / new teacher to share their strengths
  • Validating issues and concerns
  • Celebrating success together

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