In my role I am exposed to a wide range of mentoring and coaching models but I wonder how many strategies are deployed within organisations that have mentors other than “oh, if you need help go to Dave or Davina”. Dave or Davina often only supporting their mentee through instruction or advice, that is often gained through the Mentee’s prior knowledge or experience, these strategies are limiting in the fact that they do not support the mentee to develop their own support mechanisms and practice. Heron defines two categories that are broken down into separate interventions:
Prescriptive: Giving advice and direction.
Give advice and guidance
Inform of expected behaviour
Tell them what to do
Informative: Information for guidance and instruction
Give your view and experience
Give the background and principles
Help gain a better understanding
Confronting: Challenges attitudes and behaviours, which they may not even be aware of.
Challenge thinking, ask for justification or rationale
Mirror them, words, tone, body language
Tell them what you think is holding them back
Help them avoid making the same mistake again
give different options, perspectives
Cathartic: Support to express and overcome thoughts or emotions that have not been dealt with.
Help them express their feelings or fears
Empathize with them, but do not side
Catalytic: Helped to reflect, discover, and learn for themselves. Moving towards self-actualisation that supports self-directed decision making and solving problems.
Ask questions to encourage fresh thinking
Encourage the other person to generate new options and solutions
Prompt progression of discussion
Listen (80%) and summarize, and listen some more
Supportive: Building confidence by focusing competences, qualities, and achievements.
Tell the other person they are valued (their contribution, good intention or achievements)
Show them they have your support and commitment
Are you a Mentor or a Mentee? What strategies does your organisation utilise? Could you not use these with your own learners?
The resources from the recent eFair can be found on the events website at http://efair2015.weebly.com/resources.html. I would like to say a huge thanks to Brad Wright @veescope for providing the great Veescope Live giveaways. I have already been approached by a manager who has requested further training and has ordered three green screens for her team!
Sorry for the bad image associated (20,000 leagues under the sea!) but yesterday around noon I achieved 20,000 hits over the web for this blog, one that I am truly grateful for and something that motivates me to keep posting, thanks to every one of you that has visited!
If only I could get one more follower on Twitter for the 100! I have also reached 100 followers today on Twitter. It doesn’t get much better than this!
I am not a major fan of “look what’s coming” videos, they often promise lots but rarely deliver, and I have avoided getting caught up in the HoloLens promos of Microsoft. However the keynote at the Microsoft Build Developer Conference [April 29 – May 1] 2015 certainly looks impressive (as well as the demo’s of Windows 10, Cortana and Edge – Microsoft’s OS, Virtual assistant and new browser respectively)
Now I do love innovation, especially when it shows such promise early on, and blendspace by TES (yes TES!) is just one of those innovations. Its sets up a challange by claiming that you can create a session in five minutes – mighty claims by anyone’s standards. But one that is reasonably well justified (apart from reviewing any YouTube videos you want to include!). My first go wasnt far off the mark (considering I was trialing as much as I could) and I have no doubts my next effort could be a lot less! https://www.blendspace.com/lessons/hH1RrdYxz37gIA/blendspace
So things I love…
Quick to create and edit
Resources easily gathered
Allows for assessment
websites are interactive through the blendspace slide!
Thing I would love to see..
It would be nice to be able to duplicate a slide
What happens when the original location of your images disappears off the web?
What happens if you lose web connectivity? there are other offering that allow for exporting so you can have it on a USB, or local drive such as MS MIX for PowerPoint
When adding an image the text you would want to add as a subtitle is shown in the top right… a little obscure
Tracking needs a class set up and sharing of the class ID (even if this generic), does not allow for anonymous tracking
Textual slides are a little uninspiring – font, size, colour, alignment