Mentoring means guiding students through learning, making connections with peers and adults and supporting healthy growth and development. This is accomplished through caring interactions. These include greeting the students by name at the beginning of a meeting, asking them about their day or plans for the weekend, and encouraging them to do their best. Mentors share stories about themselves connect with the student’s interests. Laughter, calling students by names, high fives, and pats on the back are all ways mentors can create a caring environment.
When teaching mathematics at UCI, mentors should talk less and ask more, engage students into reasoning, ask meaningful questions, use pictures, and reflect on the process of doing mathematics. It’s not just about the correct answer, but how to push students to grow in terms of understanding. Also, mentors make students work in group, not just individually, and have lots of discussions.
Middle school students look up to mentors and imitate their behavior and attitudes. So mentors should use positive language and treat everyone in the group with equal kindness and respect. If a mentor notices that students are being disrespectful to anyone in the group, a Math CEO leader or assistant must be informed immediately. One of the main goals of Math CEO is to provide a fun, safe and bully-free zone for all. Mentors have the responsibility of setting a positive tone at each meeting.
Suggested Readings for Mentors
Mathematical Educational Videos for Mentors
These educational videos treat diverse aspects of mathematical teaching and learning in UCI Math CEO, and are aimed to the professional development of our mentors. Feel free to browse these videos and let us know if you would like other topics to be included in the future, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM VIDEO TRAINING RESOURCES
The Math CEO team and the Project Reach team from the UCI School of Education have put together their expertise on math and youth development to develop a set of digital resources to train mentors on common program concerns of youth development STEM programs. Each video training workshop is accompanied by a downloadable tip sheet
Community Building Practices
Culturally responsive practices
This joint collaboration is based on the work of
Amylene Cabrera, Lucy Dolmadjian, Dr. Alessandra Pantano, Nikolina Petrova,
Kayla Puente, Dr. Mark Vincent Yu and Dr. Sandra Simpkins,
with generous support from the University-Community Links Network.