Mentoring matters! Why? You may be under the illusion that mentoring and coaching are synonyms but in fact they are subtly different .To clarify this I would like to quote Oprah Winfrey, " A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. “ In the words of Bob Proctor, "A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and helps bring it out of you." This clearly indicates why mentors play a crucial role in our lives.
With social and mental health taking precedence in today's world, mentorship is gathering momentum in schools. It ranks high in the list of options to develop opportunities for students. Mentoring creates a positive outlook in students and helps them achieve educational heights.
Mentoring may be traditional or unconventional and requires much more than good old common sense.
Great mentors master the art of looking directly into the mentees' eyes, listening actively, building trust, avoiding interruption, keeping confidences ,respecting boundaries and providing corrective and timely feedback.
Praise using positive words boosts morale and enriches the mentor - mentee relationship. Role modelling, honest communication, commitment, respect, sharing personal experiences etc., play a significant role in impacting students. Mentoring in schools is the need of the hour as it nurtures the relationship between caring adults ,supporting peers and the mentees. Mentoring can be done on a one to one basis or in groups and older students can be roped in to develop a better rapport between the seniors and juniors.
Mentoring aims to fulfill not only academic but also non academic goals. When the going gets tough ,the tough get going is the popular adage . But even talented students tend to quit when the going gets tough . Mentoring gives these students a purpose to strive in the midst of adversities and a sense of pride when they persevere without being quitters. Sometimes all that students need is someone to pick their brains ,a willing ear to listen ,a soothing voice to comfort and above all a push in the right direction. They also need someone to be sensitive and empathetic to their failures and who will help them chalk their mistakes as experiences.
Being a mentor involves playing many roles - a parent, a friend, a guide and a motivator. Mentors are always on the lookout for opportunities to build the confidence of the mentees.
Thank you for believing in me and pushing me in the right direction when I wanted to quit. I am what I am today because of your faith in me', these words are music to a mentor' s ears.
Therefore it is safe to conclude that a student's success is a mentor's success.
Mrs. Sriram – Green Valley