What do you think the role of teacher ? Is it really what children need during the period in which they need to find their passion ? I don’t think so !
So here is the list of why you have to prefer the role of mentor over the role of teacher:
1. Critical Thinking
As you may know a good teacher/mentor doesn’t say if something is wrong but he prefer to guide student. The problem with actual teachers is that they have to finish the curriculum so they say : “it’s false” and there is no feedback. The role of mentor is more based on feedback to help students improving themselves. Where a professor say something, the mentor try to guide students through a thinking journey. The mentor can also try to give some problems that are tricky and by tricky I mean a problem where the question is more important than the answer. Teachers will not try those things because it’s not on test !
The mentor try to make his students curious about everything, that means if in a discussion they talk about something that is not in the curriculum the mentor will not say : “We can’t discuss about it during the class”. The mentor will also give some specific work for each student, that means if a student loves Football his maths homework will be focused on maths in Football. The professor will only give the same work for everyone because it’s more simple.
3. Choices based on experience
Now let’s imagine that a student want to become an astronaut and this student don’t like maths (for example). The teacher will maybe say to the student that he have to learn maths but that’s all. The mentor will help this student to focus on real achievements and make his dream come true. And what if his dream is qualified as “impossible” ? We all know a teacher which said : “focus on your grades instead of become …” right ? That’s not what a mentor would say. The mentor will explain all the problems to the students and make sure that he totally understand the risk but that’s all !
I think we all agree on the fact that respect is one of the most important things in this world. We also all agree on the fact that the war between some students and teachers doesn’t give a good definition of respect. One will throw a paper plane and the other will say : “You will never do great things in life !”. I think that this kind of war only happens because of lack of comprehension. And that’s where a mentor bring the notion of respect. With long discussions and consensus, students and mentor will build a good relation. It will permit learning more and not focusing on jokes, …
We all know the kind of motivation that we have at the beginning of each scholar year right ? But what happens 2 weeks later ? You don’t like the teacher ? You don’t like … ? I think this happens only because everything goes too quickly. The role of a teacher is to not loose time to focus on curriculum (This curriculum is everywhere !). The mentor will probably focus more on keep the motivation of students all along the scholar year by doing specific homework, discussions but also by improving his teaching method constantly.
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