This course focuses on questions used within mentoring programmes. It shows how effective questioning can be used within different stages of the mentoring process for a variety of different reasons. It also compares mentoring with a key strategy used by teachers called assessment for learning.
During the course, you are going to be mentored by an experienced mentor called Winston Wolfe. Winston is brought to your attention by one of your friends who has recently been mentored by him and this captures your interest. You have a pretty good life but feel that something is missing and this could be the reason for your attraction to what Winston has to offer.
The course is split across three lessons with each one representing a different stage of your mentoring journey with Winston. Within each lesson, we ask you a series of questions where you will have some research to do using the links provided. These articles, videoclips and websites are accessed using the “Materials” tab which you will see above the scenario details and also above the assessment questions.
These resources will not hand you the assessment answers immediately. You will need to read and digest them to find the specific pieces of information needed to answer the questions. This will have the effect of cementing the learning in your memory as you use what learning psychologists call “active processing” to understand the materials and extract the information you need. If you get an answer wrong, don’t despair; go back and look again. All the information you need is there to be found. Remember that one or more of the options may be correct for each assessment question. Select as many of the options as you think are applicable.
To demonstrate the importance of effective questioning as a key mentoring skill and provide examples of useful techniques along with what they can achieve
- Identify links between mentoring and effective assessment for learning
- Use effective questioning techniques within mentoring conversations
- Demonstrate how to use effective feedback to motivate mentees and trigger action
- Include Socratic dialogue and higher order critical thinking skills within mentoring programmes
- Describe methods to support personal development without the direct involvement of a mentor