Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB - Mentoring for All

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Practical Ideas from KPR Mentors

Building Relational Trust

Secondary Embedded Coaches - June 11, 2018
  • Being vulnerable ourselves
  • Celebrating success
  • Listening, listening, listening
  • Inviting others - de-privatizing practice
  • Utilizing online/anonymous tools for feedback
  • Being open to ideas
  • Being available
  • Building on shared experiences (personal and professional)
  • Acknowledging the complexity of teaching and learning

Building Collaborative Professionalism and Working with Resistance

NTIP Mentors - Feb 27, 2018
  • Sharing challenges - being real
  • Getting to know colleague as a person
  • Showing that success is attainable
  • Laughter
  • Being present
  • Beeling safe - being reassuring
  • Checking in and taking your cue from the person;
NTIP Mentors - Oct 17, 2017
  • Being non-judgemental
  • Seeing relationship as a partnership
  • Getting to know the new teachers as a person
  • Sharing our own experiences both positive and not
  • Sharing vulnerabilities
  • Being authentic
  • Listening, listening, listening
  • Seeking out the person’s strengths
  • Being mindful re: where and when to meet
  • Asking for and usisng ideas and input
VP/P's - Jan 13, 2017
  • Respecting confidentiality
  • Using effective questioning
  • Listening
  • Remaining non-judgemental
  • Being trusting ourselves
  • Being honest and real world about mistakes
  • Living core beliefs
  • Being judicious about exercising authority
  • Honouring ALP and following up with actions
  • Fostering growth
  • Being transparent
  • True listening
  • Following through with actions
NTIP Mentors - Oct 25, 2016
  • Sharing about ourselves and our lives "beyond school"
  • Showing our vulnerabilities
  • Demonstrating empathy
  • Listening
  • Connecting our new colleagues to the "social network" of the school
  • Recognizing the importance of appreciations
  • Respecting confidential nature of the mentoring relationship
  • Being "in the now" with our colleagues (i.e. authentically present)
  • Holding up a mirror and encouraging reflection of the positives
  • Extending connections (i.e. helping our colleagues build a mentoring web)
  • Providing perspective based on our experiences while maintaining an openess to different perspectives and points of view
  • Acknowledging that everyone is doing thier very best in the moment
  • Ensuring our language is inclusive and valuing all contributions
Instructional Coaches, Consultants - Sept 8, 2016
  • Being open about what we don't know
  • Sitting in a circle to level hierarchy
  • Genuinely listening
  • Taking Risks ourselves
  • Walking the talk
  • Sharing our own mistakes/challenges
  • Avoiding judgement - using the third point
  • Being authentically present
  • Taking the asset based approach - shared learning
  • Building self-awareness (e.g., our gestures / body language)

More Ideas from Mentors across Ontario

Sunrise from the board office steps - Nov 18, 2016
Appreciative Inquiry - Themes of Success

Nov 18, 2016

  • Seeing and feeling impact
  • Focusing on student strengths and needs as beginning point for learning
  • Providing opportunites for students to shine (and adults)
  • Taking risks and letting the messiness of learning happen
  • Being genuine
  • Authentic caring and listening
  • Following up in a responsive manner
  • Sharing passion for learning
  • Finding colleagues who bring strength energy passion and hope

Emerging Themes of Success from Ontario Mentors

Observable Indicators of Learning Focused Conversations
  • Use of questioning to deepen thinking
  • Probing for specificity
  • Pausing to allow for thinking
  • Mirroring of language...being in "sync" with each other
  • Positive pre-supposition in your colleague
  • Asking questions to surface prior thinking and ideas
  • Listening with uncertainty

World Café - Jan 27, 2017

Connecting our Hearts

Asking Mediational Questions to Extend Thinking
  • Paraphrasing as a tool to clarify understanding
  • Tone of "wonder" in questions
  • Using coaching stance to elicit thinking
  • Importance of authentic listening
Going Deeper with Meaningful Feedback
  • Does the person you're speaking with have the tools to receive feedback... readiness?
  • How will the feedback be used - is it productive?
  • Asking questions as a tool
  • Being open ourselves to ongoing feedback and learning
Facilitating Learning in Groups
  • Third point - students are why we're all here
  • Creating ways to build relationships with and within the group
  • Building personal connection to learning topics
Reluctant Colleagues
  • What does no mean?....could mean I don't know how...surfacing what's behind the "no"
  • Slowing down the pace of learning

Building Collaborative Professionalism

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