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Why Boys Need Mentors

featuring Joe Cardenas

Why Boys Need Mentors

Boys need mentors. We know this intuitively from our observations of young and older boys alike. But why? Join Mr. Joe Cardenas (Head of Mentoring) and Alex Berthe (7th Grade Core Teacher) for a conversation on why boys–and their parents–need mentoring.
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Podcast

Mentoring without a Program

featuring Joe Cardenas

Mentoring without a Program

At the heart of teaching is the desire to make an impact on the lives of one’s students. Beyond conveying useful information or training them in resume-building skills, great teachers wish to help their students live well—to be fully alive. Such a task, difficult as it may be, is what mentoring is all about. Yet most schools may not have a formal mentoring program. In these circumstances, how can teachers, who wish to help their students in ways that go beyond math or language arts, mentor students? To help us...
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Starting a Mentoring Program

by Joe Cardenas

Starting a Mentoring Program

The idea of starting a new program is exciting; the practical execution of the idea is difficult and takes time. This is especially true of a mentoring program. While the aspiration of truly personalizing the education at one’s school sounds good and beautiful, in truth, developing an organized program of formation that does more than merely sound good at an open house is perhaps one of the most difficult things to realize at a school. Nevertheless, with time and perseverance, developing an effective mentoring program is possible.  The aim of...
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Podcast

Mentoring a Good Summer

featuring Joe Cardenas

Mentoring a Good Summer

To assist your son in developing systems to help him actualize his summer goals, download the free Heights Summer Planner here. Click here to watch the follow-up webinar for this episode. While summer is a time for rest and relaxation, it is also an opportunity for personal growth. Indeed, the increase in external freedom, which the summer months often afford our sons, provides an occasion for growth in interior freedom.  In this week’s episode, Mr. Joe Cardenas, head of mentoring at The Heights School, discusses how you can help your...
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On Mentoring Struggling Students: Fighting the Right Fires

featuring Dave Maxham

On Mentoring Struggling Students: Fighting the Right Fires

Continuing with the theme of mentoring, this week Mr. David Maxham discusses how we, as parents and teachers, can better mentor struggling students by taking a step back and focusing on the basics. He offers three practical guideposts for these wonderful guys to strive for as they take steps toward becoming the man they were made to be. We remain, as always, optimistic. After establishing a relationship of trust with your mentees, Mr. Maxham recommends helping our boys structure their days around the following three key moments:  Waking up in...
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Praise and Affirmation without Flattery

featuring Alex Berthé

Praise and Affirmation without Flattery

Heights Teacher and Mentor, Alex Berthe, discusses the importance of proper praise in the moral development of boys. Our culture tends towards two extremes: we are either overly critical, or excessively flattering. Alex helps us walk the mean as we guide our sons to a solid confidence in our love for them, and in their rock solid understanding of their identity as sons of God.
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On Addressing Character Defects through Tough Love

featuring Joe Cardenas

On Addressing Character Defects through Tough Love

As teachers, we sometimes succumb to the desire to be liked, or to the fear of being disliked, by our students. This disposition can cost our students one of the greatest benefits an education can offer: being called out for a consistent character flaw. If we don’t call these things to our boys’ attention, their dominant flaws may go unchecked, only to hurt them more in the long run. Joe Cardenas, Head of Mentoring at The Heights, offers his thoughts on how to show tough love through difficult corrections.
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Finding Mentors After College

featuring Pat Kilner

Finding Mentors After College

Mr. Patrick Kilner ’97, a graduate of The Heights, former Heights teacher, Heights dad, and now Chairman of the Board of Directors to discusses his new book, Find Your Six: Stop Lead Generating and Start Building Influence. Whether you are in college or high school, a young professional or a seasoned veteran, this week’s conversation centers on something that is crucial for everyone: mentorship. This mentorship is something that we sometimes take for granted as Heights students, but what happens after The Heights, when your mentor is no longer hunting you...
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Dr. Mehan on The Odyssey, Mentors, and Humanitas

featuring Matt Mehan

Dr. Mehan on The Odyssey, Mentors, and Humanitas

This week on HeightsCast Dr. Matt Mehan offers his thoughts on Homer’s Odyssey. In particular, Dr. Mehan focuses on the the first four books of the Odyssey and the arts of friendship and mentoring young men. Listen in for a concrete example of the contemporary applicability of the artes liberales.

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Teaching is an intrinsically personal profession. More than teaching math or science or literature or classics, a teacher forms persons. Every teacher, therefore, is a mentor. Whether your school has an established mentoring program or not, this playlist aims to help you be more intentional and reflective as you seek to live out your professional calling to form souls who know, love, and serve.