Topic 1: Virtual mentoring roles
Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi
With red and black the work will be complete
(When we co-operate the work is completed)
Many roles are required in the mentoring journey:
· role model
Mentees must be given a voice. My role as a mentor may vary frequently depending on the situation, time, and challenge. I can support by encouraging my mentee to hold a mirror to their practice.
Steps in the mentoring model:
· Listen without interruption
· Invite more information
· Follow where your mentee goes
· Move to possibility and action
· Systemic connection
· Specific action and timeline…
Working through this module requires us to think of qualities of someone who has been or is of significant support in my life. I have chosen to reflect on a friend who is always there, supporting me in my various family, work, life balance roles. I am extremely grateful for this support!
Qualities of my significant supporter:
· honest reflector;
Western roles of a mentor can be described as follows:
· nurturing and
Placing a cultural lens on mentoring roles allows for Pasifika terms:
· Directive - Fa'a tonu
· Guiding - Ta'ita'i
· Exploring - Iloilo / Su'e su'e
· Supporting - Lagolago
· Challenging - Lu'i tau
· Catalysing - Fa'atupa manatu
The role of questioning is critical in our mentoring role:
· Investigator (knowledge): Who, what, when, where, why, how . . . ? Could you please describe . . . ?
· Guide (comprehension): Would I be right in thinking...? What did you understand from...?”
· Mentor (application): How do you feel X is an example of Y?; How would you say that X is related to Y?; Why do you feel that X is significant in your context?
· Coach (analysis): What are the identifiable aspects of . . . ? Would you classify X according to Y?
· Investigator (synthesis): What are your thoughts around solutions for . . . ? What would you infer from . . . ? What are your additional reactions to . . . ? How might you go about designing a new . . . ? What could happen if you added . . . ?
· Advisor (evaluation): What do you about trying . . . ? What is the most important outcome for.. . ? Which would you say are the highest priority for . . . ? What would help you decide to . . . ?
DVM Module 2:1
McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit 17 types of question are listed,
Active listening involves comprehending, retaining and responding.
The more time I spend with the DVM modules, the more enthralled I become. Like anything, the more you read and do, the more you realize how much there is to read and learn, the more I want to read and learn.
As mentoring increasingly becomes our way of supporting Principals and e-leaders, I am grabbing any opportunity available to grow myself in this role.
I have just started reading the book “A more beautiful question” which is challenging me and growing me in my curiosity… but that is another post, another read, another day…