This article is meant to help mentors understand what their mentees do every week in their iMentor class. Because every student's experience in the program is unique (i.e. class length great varies among schools), the content covered is meant to give you a general representation of what the classroom experience is like. Make sure to reach out to your Program Manager if you have any questions specific to your mentee's class.
Typically, your mentee will enter the classroom, and go straight to their normal seat or desk. Most often they will receive a worksheet, or move directly into a warm-up activity that is meant to activate learning and elicit interest in that day's content.
After the opening activity, your Program Manager will introduce the content that your mentee will explore in greater depth with you. Learning in the iMentor classroom takes many forms, and can vary from lesson to lesson and unit to unit. Students might have small group work, a discussion, a debate, written work, or interact with multimedia.
Activities may come before, during, or after your mentee communicates to you. Some classes start off-platform, while others begin their classes on the platform. Depending on the content being covered, the curriculum may thread in mentors' responses in the beginning or at the end of a lesson for your mentee to integrate into their work.
Every classroom's environment is different. Your mentee may have a laptop, or work on a desktop computer. Your mentee may sit at a single desk, or be at a table with other peers. Your Program Manager may have multiple co-teachers in the room assisting in facilitation. Your mentee's class may be loud or quiet, with many or little distraction.
In either case, your mentee does not complete their weekly communication in a vacuum. There are multiple factors that may affect your mentee's response to you that week. Time is always a consideration when using the iMentor platform in the classroom.
Every week, your mentee is expected to complete their Lesson. However, depending on that week's content, your mentee may be asked to ulitize Conversations in a specific way, or just have it reminded that it's their to support informal communication.
At the end of most classes, your Program Manager will wrap-up the lesson with a summary of that day, and connections with past lessons and events.
- Your mentee's class can be a bit chaotic sometimes. There may be interruptions from school organizations, announcements, SAT/ACT sign-ups, firedrills, temperamental technology, wifi downage, and countless other factors that may influence your mentee's work. Always keep an open mind when judging quality or quantity of your mentee's responses.
- Always communicate weekly. Even if you mentee does not respond or complete their work, make sure to model consistent behavior. Also, it will only improve the learning and platform experience for you and your mentee if there is content being produced for them to learn from. And, encourage your mentee to complete their lesson outside of school if they miss class.