PVNCCDSB - Mentoring for All

Thinking About All Learners

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Ideas from PVNC Mentors

Building Relational Trust

Math Mentors - Dec 13, 2016
  • Sharing successes and also challenges
  • Collaborating as math buddies as a pair
  • Asking colleagues about their goals for work together
  • Using student work as catalyst for planning next steps
  • Sharing resources as starting point / provocation
  • Collaborating together with colleagues by sharing ideas/lessons
  • Allowing time for relationship to build
  • Listening to listen
  • Providing choice - being flexible
  • Showing your own vulnerabilities
  • Being open to ideas
  • Setting aside judgement
  • Having self knowledge as a learner
  • Communicating openly
PVNC Board Office @ 7:47ish - #earlybird
Full Day Kindergarten Teams - Aug 23, 24, 2016
  • Sharing vulnerabilities
  • Sharing "beyond school"
  • Learning for experience(s)
  • Being open and seeking support
  • Humour
  • Mutual respect
  • Love of learning
  • Importance of authentic connections
  • Being open about feelings and how we deal with them (modelling strategies with students too)
  • Reaching consensus by being open to different views
  • Validating each other
  • Being patient (and gentle) with ourselves and each other
  • Trusting and sharing responsibilities
St Stephen’s Secondary School, Bowmanville @ 7:44 am!
Mentors (Variety of Roles) - Dec 1, 2015
  • Building on prior experiences
  • Respecting confidential nature of relationship
  • Being visible on an ongoing basis
  • Active listening
  • Following up and checking in
  • Being sincere and authentic
  • Utilizing distributed leadership - shows trust and empowers others
  • Attending fully
  • Being consistent
Mentors (Variety of Roles) - Nov 24, 2015
  • Feeling safe
  • Creating a caring, nurturing environment
  • Being open to really listen
  • Being selfless
  • Following up with action
  • Initiating support with colleagues and seeking support yourself
  • Sharing challenges
  • Authentically listening
  • Being "present"
  • Listening to listen/learn as opposed to listening to speak
  • Honouring confiential nature of relationship
  • Providing consistency of response
  • Modeling empathy, kindness
  • Validating all thoughts

More Ideas from Across Ontario

Appreciative Inquiry

What's Working Well - Themes of Success (April 20 & 29, 2016)
  • Receiving feedback and acknowledgement for your mentoring role
  • Respecting your colleague's learning journey
  • Feeling openness to mentorship supports
  • Building trust and knowing how complex our lives can be
  • Being authentically present
  • Respecting the comfort zone of the person
  • Providing some space for discovery and sharing own mistakes (aka learning opportunities)
  • Providing gentle guidance
  • Flexibility of stance and role (3C's) based on needs
  • Importance of sense of care, trust in the relationship
  • A few words at an opportune time can make a huge difference
  • Sharing personal stories, perspective from experience
  • Overcoming perceived hierarchy to enable authentic sharing of challenges
  • Accepting differing "world views"
  • Beyond 1 to 1 matching building a mentoring web
Issues & Challenges (aka Stones in Our Shoe)
  • Ideas shared in inside / outside circle
Addressing The Challenge of time
  • Creating and using an online space to connect and collaborate
  • Using common blocks of time - based on individual preferences
  • Utilizing a list
  • Engaging in a "minds on" conversation or email prior to meeting so time is focused
  • Building in time for debriefing (e.g. classroom observation & debriefing)
  • Prioritizing and scheduling meetings in advance
  • Modelling self-acceptance - i.e. can't do everything
  • Utilizing quick "on the fly" connections
  • Being efficient and tackling the not fun tasks first (not using the ignoring strategy)
  • Casual Coffee Club (CC)
  • Embedded Structures to foster collaboration
  • Changing mindset re: allocation of time
  • Prioritizing musts vs. mays vs. mights (MMM)
  • Being open to ideas / approaches from others
Observable Indicators of Learning Focused Conversations
  • Paraphrasing used as a tool to clarify and also to re-affirm and validate
  • Mediational questions used to help develop greater insight
  • Humour as a way to deflate and build rapport
  • Eye contact
  • Verbal acknowledgement
  • Body language - open, leaning in, nodding, relaxed posture
  • Physical environment conducive to sharing
  • Using "how" questions to open up and support thinking
  • Providing "talk time" without interrupting
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