1. challenge effectively. support effectively

Guide students and ask questions.  Don't spoon feed answers.

"Great question.  Let's try to see why you're asking and what you're thinking"

Encourage them to think about next steps.  

"You didn't get the results you wanted, but let's look at the results you found"

Don't shoot down ideas - help think through how they can refine it.

Treat students like direct reports.  Don't underestimate their resourcefulness.

This will propel students forward.


2. be proactive

Take an active role as a mentor - don't wait for students to reach out. 

Work to maintain the relationship.  For many students, this is their first time interacting with individuals outside of their community.

Accountability to the timeline - advise when to pivot from researching to communication of results and building a strong presentation.

Send specific questions related to the project, not just "how's it going".  

Mentor can help set the pace of the conversation.  


3. you have a team behind you

When you have questions, comments, or need some help, there is a strong network here to support you!

Reach out to the ISTI team - contact us about pretty much anything.  We value your commitment and will help troubleshoot any issues.

Mentors - Consider bringing another mentor into your project.  Invite colleagues or ask ISTI to find other mentors on the Mentor Matching Engine. Mentor collaboration can address questions outside your expertise or help with the workload.

Teacher - If your student isn't active, contact the teachers.  On the "Participants" tab in the project, click the envelope to send a message.

Students - Ask students for feedback - what are they looking for in terms of the mentoring relationship or project feedback.