As educators, we understand the power of mentorship for our students. You’ve probably also, at one point or another, listened to Josh Shipp’s keynote on The Power of One Caring Adult. According to a 2015 report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, children that do well in spite of serious hardship have had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. This relationship helps the child build resiliency skills that allow them to respond to adversity and thrive despite developmental disruption.
We may not always know or be able to influence what is going on in a students’ personal life, but we do have control of providing access to (and being) that one caring adult. I’ve recently had the opportunity to serve as a mentor for Lake Zurich High School’s IncubatorEDU program.
As a mentor, I support a group of students in the development of their entrepreneurial venture, Venato. This team is working on a full body tracking software that connects to virtual reality platforms to better enhance the immersive experience. The students are brilliant. In this mentorship environment, they’re much more knowledgeable about the technological aspects of their idea than I am. As their mentor, I am there to encourage them, connect them to others that can support their growth, and push them outside of their comfort zone.
Here are five tips to provide your students opportunities for mentorship in your classroom:
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