Sharpen the Saw
Instructors will be provided with Mentor a Mentor curated material based on the most relevant values to each Instructor as well as top local issues for youth. They will be able to review, analyze and comment on questions posed to them and reflect on ways to incorporate what they've learned in these individual lessons to continue improving not only their practices, but also themselves. In turn, other Mentors will have the opportunity to respond to their comments and questions, providing specific support to the instructors.
Based on the values instructors indicated are most important for them, resources ranging from videos of experts in their field, published articles and studies, to mentor provided material will be provided to help explore and reinforce these values. For instructors receiving support from Mentor a Mentor, this is an integral part of their participation. Below is an English version of an example of the material provided.
We can all agree that maintaining physical health is of utmost importance, yet it is equally important to maintain our emotional health. Unfortunately, most of us and our society included are not naturally inclined to equally tend to both. As an athletic instructor, you surely focus on what your students need in order to build up strength, endurance, refine their technical skills and practice together in your sport. As an arts instructor, you may teach your students design principles, practical and tangible techniques, and exploration of new material and artistic concepts.
But how often do you as an instructor think about your students' emotional health? Have you ever wondered what emotional pain your students might be carrying with them into your class, and how it is affecting them and their practice of your discipline? To what extent have you considered your own psychological health and cared for it, giving consideration to the impact it has on you personally as well as how you instruct your courses and interact with your students?
As you watch this video, challenge yourself to identify ways you could change your own habits or thought processes to improve yourself psychologically and convince yourself of your own success. In turn, consider how you could incorporate practices of emotional health to your students, and help them recognize their own success.
After watching the video, log into your Mentor page and follow the instructions provided.
Here's to a better, healthier you!
How to practice emotional first aid
Ted Talk by Guy Winch
February 26, 2015