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An Introduction to Mentoring

An Introduction to Mentoring

A mentor is an individual of high moral character, more advanced than the student, who can guide the student's learning.

Mentors such as this, directly affected nearly all the greatest leaders throughout history in their formable years. How did this happen with the great leaders we read about today? The formula is simple yet profound; they read the classics, and discussed them with mentors whose passion for learning was contagious. These mentors, more experienced in life, were able to see the great potential within these future leaders and encouraged them to stretch their capacity by demanding quality work. The mentors helped them apply the lessons and principles learned in the classics to real life, thus building the solid foundation that enabled these individuals to become the amazing leaders we read about today.

Students at the John Adams Academy will also have the privilege and advantage of mentors throughout their formable years. The Academy encompasses the model of mentoring at three critical levels - the Parent Mentor, the Teacher Mentor and the Community Mentor. 

Fundamentals of Mentoring
Great mentoring includes six fundamentals:
1.             Uses Classics - As students become familiar with and eventually can articulate the great ideas of humanity they will know how to think, lead and become great.
2.             Personalizes - A mentor helps each student identify where he or she is and what they want to become and then helps the student develop a plan for achieving it.
3.             Simplifies - Read, write, do projects, discuss.
4.             Life Application - Uses opportunities for service in business, political life, travel, field trips.
5.             Only accepts quality work - Demands intellectual and creative excellence or the work is done again.
6.             Sets the example for students - The best mentors are continually learning and improving, reading classics and studying. A mentor cannot pass on a better education than they have earned themselves.
The 3 Levels and Fundamentals of Mentoring
  • Parent Mentor - Mentoring starts in the home with parents as mentors – this is the most critical component to mentoring youth. As such parents need to be the keystone in their children’s education by establishing values and the desire to learn and grow.
  • Teacher Mentor - The second level of mentoring is the teacher mentor. Outside of time in the home, children and youth spend more time with their teacher than any other person. The teacher mentor needs to build upon the principles taught in the home, customizes their curriculum with the use of classics, and challenges the student to reach new levels and love the process of learning. This is true education… not just training to complete a task.
  • Community Mentor – As students progress towards discovering their unique capabilities and mission in life, the Community Mentor brings an essential element to the Mentoring process. While continuing to build on the foundations established by Parents and Teachers, the Community Mentor broadens the horizons for students by introducing them to their fields of expertise – this will include fine arts, science, business, and government. This level of Mentoring will begin at the 6th Grade level.