What does a good mentor do? This is the sixth prompt in the 30-day Blogging Challenge. Over the course of my career, I’ve had many excellent mentors, and now I hope to be a good mentor to others. Here is a list of what I think are essential qualities of a good mentor, based on my experiences working with a few.
- Listen. Mentors must first and foremost know how to listen to their mentees. Sometimes a teacher needs to talk through a problem in order to find the solution. Sometimes they just need to let off steam. Mentors must be ready to listen.
- Be available. A good mentor needs to be accessible.
- Model. A good mentor should model good teaching. They should feel comfortable inviting a mentee into their classroom. They should also feel comfortable to model the process of what to do when a lesson fails.
- Provide feedback. One of the most important qualities of a good mentor is to give quality feedback to the mentee.
- Leave room for failure. We learn from our mistakes. A good mentor must let a mentee fail in order for them to learn from their mistakes. They should be available to help the mentee process what went wrong and how to make improvements.