Dr SS Verma
The concepts of Guru, Gurukul and Guru Purnima in life in general and learning in particular over time have been replaced by one and only one ubiquitous, “Google” today.
Everyone is looking to learn or know to google. The authenticity of the Google search engine is never questioned, and it is always preferred as a fast, interference-free, non-mandatory and versatile source of knowledge. In addition, with the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years, educational institutions are closed and students are only required to follow the online mode of instruction. While mentoring is necessary in almost every area of life, its importance in the learning that leads to a person’s career is paramount. Classroom teaching has its own importance, because with face to face interaction, the optimal fear desired from the teacher and the education system, some important figures of a teacher, missing Google are like the tutorship and mentorship of the learner. A mentor typically shares information about his or her life journey and that of others towards their career paths with a mentee and provides guidance, motivation, emotional support and a role model. A mentor can help explore careers, set goals, develop contacts, and identify resources.
Tutoring and mentoring activities have the same objectives. Parents, teachers, senior students, colleagues, friends or anyone in society can be a mentor as a source of help / motivation / learning etc. of his guru. But with the growing materialism in education and life, the modern day education system lacks the perception of mentoring. Sometimes teachers are appointed tutor tutors and senior students are mentors, while mentees are always new students or teachers and this tutor tutor and mentor relationship with mentees can last forever. The holistic aim of the activity is to support mentees assigned to a tutor or mentor in all possible aspects, whether it is learning, moral support, financial support, life issues, etc. anytime, anywhere. Mentees must have very cordial, open and free and frank relationships with their tutor or mentor.
An effective mentor can still play an important educational leadership role, dedicated to growing the professional capacities of the learners and the colleagues they support. An effective mentor with a solid field and a base of knowledge and pedagogical skills for their role can build respectful and effective mentoring relationships. Mentors can be effective if they are mentoring as part of a comprehensive capacity building program and if they are well supported by their employer, professional leader, and the professional learning community.
Effective mentors are not only good at teaching students, but they are also quality teachers who are good at providing personal and educational support to adult learners. Mentors engage in mentoring activities, such as attending training sessions, preparing mentoring materials, observing, giving constructive feedback and meeting their mentees. The assumption is that, in the role of mentor, he / she is an accomplished teacher with a wide range of proven teaching strategies combined with a well-developed understanding of the subjects he / she teaches. It is assumed that he now wishes to develop or deepen his skills and ability to mentor a newbie / inductee student or teacher.
Mentors offer just the right kind of support, well suited to the emerging needs of the mentee they are mentoring, as they deeply understand that the inducted teacher has acquired the knowledge and understanding necessary to demonstrate professional competence in the practices / responses. in performing effective teaching role. Mentors develop co-constructive relationships with inductee teachers and support their professional learning to build capacity. As a mentor, he / she provides inducted teachers with an anchor of support in often difficult and demanding situations and a smooth transition from an inducted teacher to an effective professional teacher. Effective mentoring has a formative influence on the practice of inducted teachers and has a significant impact on the level and depth of learning among the students he / she teaches. Without good mentors, the quality of teaching and learning offered by inducted teachers is clearly less effective, and they may experience more stress and anxiety and may leave the profession. The responsibility for performance appraisal, in particular the implementation and practical aspects of the learning acquired by the inducted teacher rests with the mentor teacher (supervisor). The evaluation of the work done by the inducted teacher will be done by the mentor teacher, who will keep records of progress.
In accordance with the National Education Policy 2020, mentoring is considered a national mission. Gov. of India, through Ministry of Education, University Grants Commission and AICTE organize various activities such as orientation training programs / mentoring workshops for mentors / the faculty to make mentoring more relevant. Hopefully during the implementation of NEP-2020, educational institutes and teachers will put more emphasis on mentoring students. So that students feel safe, protected, motivated and free to share their thoughts with their teachers.