~ Topic Discussion ~ 202 ~ Mentors and Role Models ~

202Set ~ 1

1) In your own words, describe the similarities and differences between mentors and role models.

2) Who were your mentors and role models when you were growing up? Do they still influence you?

3) Do you have any mentors or role models now? How do they influence your present life?

4) Do we need mentors and/or role models? Why? Can science, nature, or religion act as a mentor? How?

5) What does Noam Chomsky mean when he says:

           "Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. . . "

5) Can you think of any role models you admire or respect who are no longer alive? Who? Why?

6) Are you a mentor or a role model to others? Who are they? Are you comfortable in this relationship?

7) Is there ever a time when a person no longer needs mentors or role models? When is it? Explain.

8) Are mentors and role models always positive influences? Give an example of a negative mentor/role model.


~ Follow up ~ Try to make some of your own questions regarding mentors or role models...

Mentors and Role Models as Referenced from THE DAILY RIFF  ~  Karim Abouelnaga

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~ Discuss with a teacher, in pairs, or in groups ~ Then share your results in a classroom discussion ~

1) To begin with, in groups or in pairs, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about. 

2) Then, in pairs or in groups, ask questions and share ideas in your conversations .

3) Finally, share your ideas (as a whole) in a classroom discussion (with all pairs/groups).


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1) Mentors are individuals that can help you with the "operational" aspects of life and role models are more there to help set the "aspirational" aspects.

In many instances, a mentor is someone who has "signed up" to help you out, whether it is formally or through their own interest in you. They do not necessarily share a career you are interested in or a life path that you would like to follow. However, a good mentor takes the time to understand what you would like to do and they make an investment in leveraging their time and resources to helping you achieve your goal. Most usually, mentors act out of reciprocation - someone was there to provide them with guidance growing up and they would like to give forward the support or opportunity they had.


202Set ~ 2

1) What does Benjamin Franklin mean when he says, ¡°Tell me and I forget¡±?

2) Explain the concept of ¡°spoon feeding¡±. Why does E.M. Forster regard it negatively?

3) Do you think there is a time and place for ¡°learning by force¡±? Is it ever necessary? Explain.

4) If there are no mentors available to you, is it possible to become your own mentor? Explain.

5) Can anyone become a mentor? What qualities do good mentors have? Is mentoring a natural talent?

6) What is the difference between an idol and a role model? Describe the ¡°idol culture¡± in your country.

7) Describe the ¡°learning culture¡± in your country. Do students have tutors outside of school? Explain. 



 ~ Quotes on Mentoring and Learning ~


1) ¡°Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.¡± 
Benjamin Franklin


2) ¡°Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.¡± 
E.M. Forster


3) ¡°Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.¡± 


4) ¡°You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.¡±
Diana Ross


5) ¡°I've learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me, and I want to share what I've learned.¡±
Herbie Hancock


6) ¡°The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.¡±

¡ª Steven Spielberg


7) ¡°Alexander the Great valued learning so highly, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge than to his father Philip for life.¡±      

¡ª Samuel Smiles

3)  Mentors are usually assigned relationships that are built or happen over time but role models are most often chosen.

What makes the two relationships really different is that with a mentor, both parties have an understanding that the relationship exists or is being built. That is not the case with role models. In other words, you can identify a role model and they may not ever even know you exist. Since role models don't have to know "you", they can also be individuals who are no longer alive. For example, you can aspire to be like Tom Sawyer or John F. Kennedy. They are individuals that share qualities and characteristics which you would like to emulate.

The most successful people that I have crossed paths have a distribution of both.

As a matter of fact, I believe it is safe to say that we need both. It is also important to note that a mentor can also be a role model or someone you aspire to be like, but that does not necessarily have to be the case. Additionally, a role model can also be a mentor but they do not necessarily have to be that same person or ideal.

2) Mentoring requires a relationship, one that is often mutually beneficial, whereas with role models that isn't necessarily the case.

When someone becomes a mentor or meets with you frequently enough to provide you with support, they are also usually learning in the process. The time spent together drives the learning that takes place. Also, role models can be individuals you never meet your entire life. The thing that drives the role model relationship is the desire to accomplish or to be like the individual being looked up to for replication.

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