Saturday, February 8, 2014

Webinar with Angi Malderez

One of the most exciting features of the mentoring EVO session is face-to-face conversations with great educators. It was only about 6 months ago that I first met Angi at a training course in Iraq. It was a great learning experince ad I was very happy to have to opportunity to meet her in person after years of reading and using her work on mentoring in my own professional development.

And now you have this chance, too. Angi has kindly agreed to join us for a conversation about mentoring and her latest research which focuses on implementing mentoring strategies that eliminate one of the key obstacles to success with mentoring, the phenomenon she calls "judgementoring".

I believe this webinar promises to be a great opporuntity to learn with one of the most influential researchers and educators in the field of ELT mentoring.

The event will take place in Blackboard Collaborate on 11th February 2014 at 4PM GMT.
(Click here for your local time.)

Angi wrote one of the most influencial books on mentoring in the early 1990s with Caroline Bodóczky (who was one of the speakers on our very first webinar, you can find a recording of the webinar  here.)
If you don't know this book yet, check it out on Google Books.

We really hope you will be able to join us.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

MENTORING MAKES A DIFFERENCE-Electronic Village Online: 10 Ways to Be a Good Mentor: A Challenge by Fabiana Casella

After doing some research and reading the articles suggested by EVO Mentoring Team, I realized that most of the characteristics a good mentor must have do not differ much from the ones that make an excellent educator.

It is not easy to choose just two of all the attributes out of the ten, but I would like to say that the first one can be that a mentee needs her mentor to be a Role Modela mentee can learn a lot just by watching her mentor manage different situations, that is to say to lead by example.
The second characteristic can be to Be Genuinely Interested in The Mentee as an individual, to really care about the mentee, who is eager to listen to the comments and hang on to the mentor´s guide or thoughts.

Most of us in the group agreed on the fact that mentoring goes both ways: we teach others and we learn from them as well. Two more features I would like to add, are Commitment and Patience. Mentees as well as students, need their mentor to be there  watching them grow, and understand that sometimes they may stumble and fall, but, like in any learning process, one must take into consideration that there are ups and downs, too.

I do believe educators are natural mentors when they are:

When a person should be mentored is an interesting question. Honestly, I think one of the possible answers could be, whenever that person needs it: when he/she is new to a job, like teaching or even when he/she wants to move forward in her career.

We were asked for some suggestions for new Mentors and Mentees. Here is some addition to the rich bibliography given by the Mentoring Group: a compendium of the most relevant characteristics of a mentor, provided by the NEA Creating a Teacher Mentor Program:

Friday, January 24, 2014

10 Ways to be a Good Mentor - A challenge

Hello everyone!

Mentoring have always fascinated us! We've written about it,  experienced being  mentees many times in our lives and we have also mentored a lot of people along our careers as educators. Actually, we love mentoring!

Have you read the text  posted on our FB group called  10 ways to be a good mentor ? We would very much appreciate to have your contributions  either here on our blog or on our FB group.

We would love to challenge you with some questions:
  1. Which of the ten skills mentioned in the text  do you consider to be the two most important? 
  2. Apart from what is mentioned in the text , what other skills should a mentor have? Why?
  3. Are educators natural mentors? 
  4. In what situations should people  be mentored? Why?
  5. Do you have any suggestions for new mentors and  mentees? 
You can make comments ,  add some other skills a mentor need  ( based on you experience or on the literature upon the theme ) or make nay kind of contributions regarding mentoring

You can find some good readings about mentoring on our  ELT mentoring Pinterest  and you can post some other  reading sources there to be shared.

Feel free to make comments, discuss on our FB group and preferably to write a blog post to be posted on our blog . ( 300 to 500 words ).  Just let us know if you wish to blog here and we'll tell you how to do it.

Last but not least, remember:

Happy mentoring!


The mentoring team ! 

How I became a mentor.

At beginning of my career as a teacher I  worked at a  respectful language institute for almost 18 years  .  I will never forget   how I was anxious , a bit lost and scared:  new challenges and audience  I was a about to face,  rich students , demanding parents and a lot of competition at the workplace.

I remember the feeling I had when I entered the teacher's room: So much books, flashcards , materials, games, a single electric typewriter , a copy machine and no one to tell me what to do with all of those wonderful things !

                                                photo by Jeffrey Doonan  taken form ELT pics

Well, it happened about 27 years ago and I had the sensation as if I  was a little child looking  bottom up at at high magical book case , full of books in a time when I was not tall enough to pick one of them or wise enough to understand what was written.

photo by Vicky Loras from ELT pics 

Yes, there was no technology, I was 23,   I had  my  1st graduation ,  I was doing another graduation at the university  and having a lot of Cambridge training to become a better teacher. Still, I missed someone. I missed a mentor. I needed one!

Photo taken from

As Emily Dickinson says : "Hope is a bird that perches in the soul, sings melodies with no words and never stops though".  Out of the blue she was there: That tall , beautiful and talkative and very experienced woman ,  a teacher doing her Ph.D and  about to become a professor at the university.   When she saw me looking for things and very uncomfortable to ask any questions, she simply said: "Hey, do you have time? I'll be here at lunch time, we have this big break and then I can show everything and how to request , do, ask, use, school policy regarding report cards and such and such. OMG! I felt so blessed! It was a wonderful day. And from that day on I promised I'd do it with any novice or new teacher who started at that school. And it worked  so well! I have loads of stories I could share later , but not now. 

What about you? Do you have any stories you've experienced as a mentor or mentee? Would you like to share your experiences with us?  

Please , leave your comments and feel free to write a blog post.  Remember mentoring has all to do with caring and sharing. 

Let's  share?  I'd love to know about you and learn from you!  

 If you need any further information on how  to blog here, visit us on our FB  group ELT Mentoring  . You can also  follow us on Twitter and visit our FB page 

Happy Mentoring! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Dear everyone, 

We are glad to invite you to our next webinar on Mon 27th Jan at 4PM GCT - 3 you! Check your time zone here

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Happy Mentoring! 

Moderators Team 

Friday, January 17, 2014

You can enjoy the recording of the first webinar we held on 15th January, 2014.

Thanks to all who have participated in this fantastic event. I was deeply honoured to be part of this.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Introductions: Jo Gakonga

We are very excited to have Jo on the #mentorevo session. Here's her introduction for you to enjoy.