Mentoring for Mentors - DSBN

Practical Ideas from and for DSBN Mentors

Building Relational Trust

Sept 29, 2017

  • Sharing/offering a bit of ourselves
  • Being empathetic
  • Having quick check ins to let the person know you’re “there”
  • Being authentic about your own challenges
  • Listening, listening, listening
  • Modelling that it’s okay to make mistakes
  • Establishing norms of relationship
  • Being flexible and open

Dec 1, 2016

  • Building the relationship over time
  • Authentically connecting with students
  • Being vulnerable
  • Listening, listening, listening
  • Using paraphrasing as a way to acknowledge concerns
  • Demonstrating empathy
  • Following up with actions
  • Having a growth mindset and realizing that learning is messy
  • Accepting (and valuing) differences

Oct 5, 2016

  • Being open and honest
  • Sharing own challenges
  • Helpiong colleagues to look at positives to build conversations
  • Celebrating vulnerability - sharing your "i don't knows"
  • Meeting people where they are
  • Sharing "mistakes" as learning experiences
  • Sharing yourself as a person "beyond school"
  • Being a model yourself by being open
  • Showing genuine caring
  • Having empathy based on our own lived experiences of being new
  • Providing perspective (big picture)
  • Focusing energy and being able to let go
  • Connecting beyond "local" networks
  • Helping to navigate school culture(s)
  • Seeking out positives

Jan 27, 2016

  • Sharing own experiences/challenges
  • Recognizing the power of silence and the importance of simply listening
  • Seeing mistakes as opportunities for learning
  • Celebrating successes
  • Following up and checking in
  • Making time to build relationship
  • Sharing personal lives - beyond school
  • Collaborating via authentic sharing of work

Oct 14, 2015

  • Using community circle as a tool to ensure all voices are heard
  • Using colour zone to "check in" with students
  • Finding/making time to connect in the mentoring relationship
  • Seeking opportunities for mutual growth
  • Being authentic is very important to building trust
  • Seeking first to understand
  • Listening
  • Walking in the person's shoes
  • Creating safety + security
  • Being non-evaluative, non-judgemental
  • Providing an "even keel" with the ups and downs

Oct 6, 2015

  • Being vulnerable - opens the door to deeper sharing
  • Modelling a genuine interest in learning
  • Showing genuine personal interest
  • Maintaining confidential nature of relationship
  • Being available (both mentally and in real time)
  • Bringing a "clean slate" - avoiding pre-judgement
  • Walking the talk - being a model yourself
St Catharines Room Oct 5, 2016 @ 7:41 am (or so) #earlybird
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