Communication strategies need to be individualized and responsive to the protégé in the mentor-learner relationship. Two factors to consider include that the adult learner is (a) an individual who is a cultural being with a complex identity and a lifetime of experiences and (b) working in a specific early childhood educational program context with its own patterns of communication. Being effective in the mentoring process requires an intense interest in learning to understand another’s perspective and how that is similar or very different from your own.
In your group discussion work with your classmates, share your thoughts and discuss options to summarize the key components of the five elements below, referring to the text to support your descriptions. Additionally, as a group, create a plan for approaching each of these elements in a culturally respectful way. As a group, post your final responses with examples and cultural approach by the final day of the week.
- Listening for understanding
- Promoting reflection
- Instructive feedback
- Effective dispositions for teaching
- Affirmations to support ongoing reflection
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