Todays peer mentoring session was based around the ideas of self reflection, and reflective practices within mentoring. Why? Well, It seems rather obvious, but how effective a mentor can you be if you aren’t often and readily engaging in self reflection? Its one of the ways we as a species learn; not from our experiences themselves, but instead by reflecting on them (John Dewey can explain it all far more eloquently then I).
It seems a little trite, but self reflection depends on the recognition that learning is a continuos process that we are always engaged in. It is impossible to be reflective if you fail to recognise that you are learning or developing in ways that may need consideration. It can also be difficult to engage in self reflection as many people find it a struggle to be critical when it comes to their own work.
We spent the first half the lesson talking about self reflection and discussing our experiences from the previous weeks peer mentoring session. It’s at this point that Sandra introduced us to the idea of structured debriefing and the work of Graham Gibbs.
The self is not something ready made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action – John Dewey
We then added yet another tool to our box of mentoring skills. This one was called…
STOP. START. CONTINUE
The idea is simple:
- What should I STOP doing?
- What should I START doing?
- What should I CONTINUE doing?
Oh, and on a final note, here is a little video of a #MannequinChallenge video we did in our peer mentoring ground.