I dunno, that could imply that they should encourage throwing wild parties…
I would change #18 to (changes in bold) #18 Begins as a teacher and evolves into a colleague. Discusses, never lectures. Begins with explanations for new students, ends with colleague discussions.
And add #37 Explanations should be two-way.
I know that lecturing often has its place, and this difference is very minor, but it seems to make a big difference. I know from giving lectures to other students on drivetrain design, that it often results in “Get on with it, and to the point” mentalities, which a student is more likely to voice if another student is talking, but will still feel if an adult mentor is talking. A two-way discussion, in my experience, is much better than a one way lecture, at least you can tell if the students are mentally engaged in the teaching.
I was just about to edit in -
self accountability both for the mentor and for the student.
You are right.
I think we can all remember, no matter our age, that we are always responsible for our own actions and reactions.
Edit - this always makes me think of one of the lines from Danny DeVito’s character in the movie, Renaissance Man: ‘all I know is that the choices you make dictate the life you lead.’
So maybe we need to provide the corollaries to
8. Serves as a role model in more than the professional sense not the least of which is service to others.
8a. Serves as a Role model for accountability? humbleness? accepted social norms?
Basically a Father Figure. To me, my mentors are the Father figures. They guide me through each and everything (even if its not robot related), and try to make it as fun as possible.
(Yes Mr. Skene that means calling Bosch, a big metal bar, and Lexan, shinny-‘glowy’-glassy material )
to go with this one (I’ve lost track of the numbering)
Models appropriate response when challenged by a student, maintaining a cool demeanor to diffuse and resolve the situation.
and two other ideas…
Has the ability to make hard work and a huge time commitment seem like a lot of fun.
Recognizes that sometimes a student is just minutes away from solving a problem and patiently waits the extra time.
And I’m not sure what number we are up to now, but…
A Mentor is… A person you can talk to anything about and trust them to not throw it back in your face in any way shape or form and who will help you as much as they can to deal with the problems and situations in life without forcing their solution or idea of the way things should be resolved or getting too involved as to force your life in a whole new direction.
It’s about inspiring, or guiding and not forcing a person to do what they don’t want to do in their lives.
The discussions I have taken part of through the years is just like… w0w.
You must, as a Mentor, be prepared to hear anything, especially when talking to kids who are HS age and act responsibly about the subject at hand but be able to make someone laugh about a situation if they can afterwards.