Monday, July 7, 2014

THE NEW PARADIGM of MENTORING

Mentoring in a classroom or in the wilderness is a life changing event.
Mentor Force
A bridge between children and the community.

The new paradigm of mentoring is cooperation based and ever evolving to meet the needs of an increasingly expanding education community. Traditionally, mentoring has been accepted as a developmental relationship between an older, experienced person and a younger person who is lacking life experience. In this new cooperation based paradigm shift, mentors have stepped into the role as a team member with teachers.

The increased expectations placed on teachers through higher learning standards have diminished the teacher's ability to adequately cover life skills. By partnering with a ClassroomMentor who reinforces the regular core curriculums as well as introducing life skills, the students will be better prepared academically and socially.

Different Types of Mentoring Programs.

Definitions

LGM - Large Group Mentoring (Assemblies that are connected to other ongoing mentoring programs.)
CRM - Classroom Mentoring (In school during regular class time.)
SGM - Small Group Mentoring (After school or in the community.)
IM - Individual Mentoring or one on one mentoring.

There are different types of Mentoring Programs. Large Group Mentoring is done through assembly programs that are related to other ongoing character education efforts within the school. A good way to jumpstart any life skills program is through an assembly that generates interest, understanding and enthusiasm. A good assembly leader will introduce the benefits of students respecting each other and their uniqueness.

Classroom Mentoring (CRM) happens generally during the school day. A trained Mentor becomes a Team-Teacher with an Educator from the school. Life skills taught through a Mentoring Curriculum are combined with a Health Class (or any other class.) The Mentor helps to reinforce the Educational Curriculum while combining it with Life Skills instruction.

Another phase of Mentoring is the Small Group Mentoring (SGM.) Examples of SGM would appear in After School Programs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, youth groups etc. The third phase is an Individual Mentoring relationship (IMR) is a one on one match between individuals. Mentoring is helping schools give their students more opportunities to succeed academically, socially and emotionally.

Thanks for your time.
Go do something nice for somebody.

Bob Kuebler
Founder / Mentor Force

Mentor Force is an organization of initiators.
We help young people who are at risk of leading impoverished and violent lives.
We teach teachers, mentors, coaches, parents and youth leaders how to build healthy relationships that make young people feel valued. Our goal is to ensure that every student has the benefit of being guided by a Mentor. If we can help you reach your potential as a Mentoring organization please contact us:  
716-830-8240 
 mentorforcebuffalo@gmail.com. 

We are available for school assemblies and educator conferences.