Sarah talked about how mentors share their perspective with a mentee. It is not about the knowledge but rather sharing what each knows. I loved this quote: "A teacher has greater knowledge than a student; a mentor has greater perspective." If we assume the role of a mentor we aim to share with each other. This can be hard in teaching children because they don't always have as much knowledge. I think mentoring definitely works better as the student gets older. A mentorship takes such a different skill set than teaching. I know in my mentorship it is hard to take a step back and let the mentee share what she knows. I have such a great desire to help her that sometimes it is hard to just step back.
Matthew shared about his mentorship with an older teacher stuck in his ways. I think his mentorship is definitely tough. There are no real requirements for the mentee so in this case the mentor has to really try to sell what they are offereing. My mentorship is the opposite. My mentee wants to know more but is not fast at picking up on technological things. For me this has been pretty easy to show her new things because she wants to know it. The issue is that she just needs more time to practice. I have noticed that with the mentoring aspect she only practices with me and doesn't try as much on her own. I think right now she doesn't feel comfortable with it. I review each time we meet and have her try to dictate what she learned. I think this is helping her gain confidence. Confidence can be a major barrier for many. I wonder if this may also be holding back Matthew's mentee? I wonder if he is afreaid to fail? I know in my reading this week I read that adults are more likely to not try due to a fear of failure.