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 answer this question, we welcome back to HeightsCast our Head of Mentoring, Joe Cardenas, for a discussion on how teachers can mentor in schools without a formal mentoring program. In the episode, Joe explains what mentoring is and why it matters, offering guidance on how to be intentional, humble, and patient as teachers seek to help students not only see the good to be done but come to want to do the good they have seen.
Register for Joe’s Mentoring Workshop here.
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- 0:35 Introduction
- 2:27 What is mentoring?
- 4:25 Who can be a mentor?
- 7:40 Getting started
- 11:26 Being intentional
- 12:15 Being humble
- 13:55 Respecting the agency of mentees
- 15:40 Vale la pena: it is worth it
- 17:40 Advice for conversations with mentees
- 22:00 An example of mentoring
- 23:50 Encouraging without increasing anxiety
- 28:20 Parents as mentors
- 30:15 Mentoring: important, though rarely urgent
Also on the Forum
Mentoring Sons to a Successful Summer with Joe Cardenas
Finding Mentors After Graduation: On Find Your Six with Pat Kilner
On Addressing Character Defects: Thoughts on Tough Love with Joe Cardenas
Why Boys Need Mentors with Joe Cardenas and Alex Berthe