Heres a link to my mentor log!
At the beginning of our semester we were given the list of students we were to mentor. These students were from the EDTC 300 class. Here's a link to each of my mentees blogs!
When we first began mentoring these students it was to say the least, hard. I wasn’t sure what to say or how much to say, this was all new to me. But I was able to slowly get the hang of it and learnt ALOT of new things from these students. They made beautiful pieces or played musical instruments or even cooked glorious meals. It was great to be alongside them and see how they used different resources in their projects. I was even looking forward to seeing how or what they made the following week, waiting for their blog posts to go up. They used resources, links, apps, pictures and different tools every week to provide a full overview and learning experience. Honestly I probably learned more from them then they did from my comments and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. It was interesting to see just how different each student was and all the different ways they were able to learn suited to their needs.
When it comes to online teaching, I have never done it. I did two presentations this semester on “mini-lessons” but it was never the same feeling and I was always quite nervous. I liked the idea of commenting on their posts as I was able to keep track of their learning and how far they had progressed. I feel like if I were to be teaching online I would want some sort of update journal/blog for my students just so I could see how they were doing or if they had any questions I could comment and direct them on the right path.
This assignment of mentoring students really pushed me out of my comfort zone of not interacting with others outside my classroom. It also made me realize the importance of hearing and seeing students ideas, passions and learning abilities. I connected the students mainly through their blogs, sometimes by Twitter and not very often in Slack. They shared great resources online and posted daily to their Twitters. I feel like this class was much more dedicated to Twitter and Slack then our class last semester. Thank you to my mentees for being active learners and always willing to share a resource or two to help others, it was great being your mentor.