What is Mentoring?

At Tioga mentoring is a one-to-one connection between a student and an assigned adult in the school. The pair uses a customized set of tools to set goals, determine strategies, reflect on successes and setbacks. The content of these mentoring conversations is generalized so that students can see how habits are supporting and hindering academic and personal success and any places where support is needed. ​​​

Mentoring typically starts with ensuring there is a connection between the mentor and mentee, as this connection becomes the foundation of trust upon which honest conversations can happen about progress and struggles. This connection allows mentors and mentees to build a weekly cadence for conversations about progress in which the mentee prepares by reflecting on what worked and what didn’t from the previous week, and the mentor provides feedback and suggestions. 

Roles in Mentoring

Students

Students prepare for their weekly check-ins by responding to the prompts their mentors share and by reflecting on how they met or struggled to meet their goals. Students come to the check-in ready to connect with their mentor so that they are comfortable sharing what is supporting their success and what is causing any gaps. Students are open to and ready to accept feedback and challenges that are presented to them by their mentor and, over time, by themselves as they internalize the structures of mentoring and build those into their own systems.  

Teacher

Teachers prepare for weekly check-ins by scoping out an appropriate agenda or giving feedback on an agenda designed by a mentee. They come to the check-in ready to connect with their mentees so they can be a trusted figure with whom a mentee is ready to reflect and share. They are also a point of accountability and representative of the outside world with its deadlines and expectations. Teachers provide scaffolds for habits until mentees are ready to build their own systems and structures. 

Platform 

The Platform hosts agendas that mentors and mentees can share. This allows preparation that facilitates rigorous, consistent check-ins. The Platform also allows students and their teachers to review both academic progress from the week and the goals and learning strategies that students used to achieve them. The Platform also allows families to see what is being discussed during the mentor check-in and the underlying student results that motivated that conversation. 

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