No, my intern is not a monkey, and neither am I, but when it comes to mentoring, my only hope at “teaching” what to do in this CRAZY, hectic job is by modeling. That’s a “best practice” anyway, right?
Well, not in every case.
My intern has never even observed a class like mine; has never even heard of a communication/proficiency/standards-based foreign language classroom! Needless to say, she is more than overwhelmed. She’s a trooper, though, and she is working hard to learn these techniques.
From the start, I thought modeling would be the best way for her to learn. This week, I realized it wasn’t enough. She doesn’t know where to go without a textbook. All my curriculum guides are online, but my poor little lost intern just can’t figure out completely where we are going. Isn’t this how our students feel sometimes?
So, just like we teach, model, reflect, and sometimes stop for more explanation with our students, this is also important with mentees or interns. My dear friend who is an internationally renowned, lifelong-learning administrator, just whispered in my ear “show once, tell twice.” You see, my intern is still a student, and so am I!
What do you teach your mentees? And what do your mentors do for you?