Mentoring
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You may have arrived at this page by many different routes. In some cases Simone's mentoring session may have been a total disaster which failed to run its full course, and she may never want to see you again: in others, it may have been fairly routine but potentially useful, or fraught but thought-provoking. You may know nothing more about her, or you may now be party to a dark secret in her past (or perhaps she tells everyone about that when she gets to know them a bit?) and have a sense of the motivation which drives her. You may have engaged in a broadly political discussion. You may have been her counsellor, her tutor, a proxy for her manager, or several other roles. And of course you may have covered all this ground and more.

The basic evaluation question is, "Was it a worthwhile use of your, and Simone's, time?" There is no single "best" route through the maze: there are many good ones (some of which will only yields their true value in subsequent sessions), several lousy ones, and many curate's eggs (derivation here). It is up to you to decide, preferably in discussion with other people who have also done the maze.

It may be worth comparing this judgement with the standard objective-, or outcome-based model of teaching. Even if you were undertaking this mentoring in the context of a competence-based training model, how would the "assessment" of the reality match with the specified outcomes? Try to think of outcomes which would describe what you achieved: you might like to reflect on the discrepancy between what is intended and what is achieved!


There are some "maintenance" cards in the set, but the majority refer to one or more of a number of themes. You can now use the "Back" button of your browser to return to the cards: if you press and hold down the left mouse button, a little to the right of the copyright notice at the bottom of the page, and drag it to the right, you should see the theme identifier for the card. Do the themes match with what you were trying to achieve?

Now, of course, you can go back and explore other alternatives, which might have led to a "better" session. This is quite fun, but given the characeristics of the maze, what does it say about your mentoring practice that you chose to go in the direction you did, rather than others, the first time around?

If you want to try the maze again, blind, you may need to empty your browser's cache to change the links back to their pristine state.

In Opera File/Preferences/History and Cache/Empty now
In
Netscape (4.x and 6.x) Edit/Preferences/Advanced/Cache/Clear Disk Cache and Clear Memory Cache
In
Internet Explorer Tools/Internet Options/General/Temporary Internet Files/Delete files

James Atherton
13 December 2001