Sept. 17: Teacher, Friend, Mentor

For the most part it seemed everyone had a lot of fun last class at UMFS.  For this week, since the topics could be chosen, I focused on a previous email from Dr. B in which he discussed some things to work on while participating alongside the students at UMFS.  This included knowing the difference between being a teacher and their friends, staying an arms-length away from them, making their priority to learn about journalism and not ‘us’, etc.  This can be challenging, particularly since everyone is eager to ‘mentor’ these kids, we can’t lose sight of the ultimate goal in this class: getting these kids ready for a possible higher education that they haven’t previously been exposed to.  Below are some inspirational quotes on how to be a good teacher, a good mentor, and a good friend, followed by a well-rounded combination to use within this class.

Teacher:

“The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.” — Tyron Edwards, taken from http://blog.simplek12.com

This was especially relevant as Edwards, an American theologian from the 19th century, describes the act of instilling his students with the desire to learn and think for itself instead of Edwards teaching by filling his students’ brains with information he has learned himself, which is still important but his students will remain stagnant if they don’t want to continue learning on their own.

Friend:

“Some come and leave, fulfilling a single purpose; others, for a time or a season to teach us by sharing their experiences; and last, a select few who participate forever with relationships that endure through eternity.”– Jaren L. Davis, taken from Values.

Davis, author of ‘The Bracelet’, also has a blog here: http://jarenldavis.com

Mentor:

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin, http://www.goodreads.com

Benjamin Franklin has always been an equally wise yet instigating force of change in American History.  Here he delineates the perfect picture of what it means to be a mentor, as well as what this class embodies.

These three quotes are wonderful sources of information that can help guide the class in a positive direction in which we give these kids what they need and follow directions while still having fun during this experience.  Which one do you think better explains the dynamic? (Graphic taken from http://www.primarygoals.org/diagrams/mentorcoachfriend/)

Mentor, Coach, and Friend

A. Fully Intertwined Roles

B. Coach as subset of mentor

C. Coach between Mentor and Friend

D: Friend between Mentor and Coach

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