Lakehead DSB - Mentoring for All

Thinking About All Learners

Achieving Excellence: A Renewed Vision for Education in Ontario

Ideas from Lakehead DSB Mentors

Building Relational Trust

March 23, 2017
  • Sharing what we don't know
  • Being "real" about challenges
  • Being open and vulnerable - e.g., classroom observation
  • Making yourself available
  • Laughing together
May 11. 2016
  • Seeing the positive while acknowledging real world challnges
  • Sharing own challenges but also the "quiet victories" that occur each day
  • Having fun
  • Being vulnerable
  • Being open and honest (same with students!)
  • Modelling walking the talk
  • Acknowledging the long path to permanent teaching and that LTOs can feel like "try outs"
  • Showing genuine caring - beyond school roles
  • Helping ground the person by offering perspectives from experience
  • Being trustworthy and open
  • Avoiding judgement
  • Making yourself available
Jan 21, 2016
  • Having an open door (literally and metaphorically)
  • Sharing your own challenges
  • Connecting early on in the relationship
  • Informally connecting on an ongoing basis
  • Being an active listener
  • Creating a safe environment for sharing (physical environment + emotional trust)
  • Honouring feelings
  • Ensuring contact continues via a variety of methods (e.g., 3 / 2 / 1 tool)

More Ideas from Mentors across Ontario

Relational Trust required?

Appreciative Inquiry

Themes of Success (May 11, 2016)
  • Power of collaboration and co-learning
  • Principal encouragement
  • Open, consistent communication
  • Building an open culture where it's okay not to know everything
  • Investing time and sharing experiences to build the relationship
  • Willingness to share
  • Have a sense of humility - being humble and open to learning with colleagues

More Ideas from Lakehead DSB New Teachers & Mentors

Mitigating the Challenge of Time (stones in our shoes)
  • Utilizing a variety of options (face to face and virtual) for connecting
  • Planning ahead and being proactive
  • Being flexible
  • Establishing specific, regular times for face to face connections
  • Creating a bank of skilled mentors at every school
  • Using existing structures to connect (e.g. PD time)
  • Begin connecting as early as possible in the school year (e.g. Sept)
  • Establish an "NTIP Ambassador" in each school - could also support new to school colleagues, teacher candidates along with NTIP teachers as part of a "mentoring web"
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