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Do yo have a whole school mentoring system that works?

Discussion in 'Behaviour' started by thequillguy, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. thequillguy

    thequillguy New commenter

    We have a reading mentoring system that works extremely well, and a general pastoral mentoring system that is sound too. PM me your email and I'll answer your questions.
  2. Tom_Bennett

    Tom_Bennett Occasional commenter

    Be absolutely sure about the goals of your mentoring scheme. For example: are you really sure that self-esteem is a desirable point of mentoring? It assumes that low self-esteem is the root cause of misbehaviour, low achievement, etc, which it palpably isn't. This is a very fashionable piece of pop psychology that, frankly, is a red herring.
    The danger is that we waste time and energy trying to show them how amazing and special they are, even if they've been acting terribly- which essentially rewards pupils who should be learning to restrain themselves or behave more productively. The idea that people behave or learn poorly because they don't think much of themselves is demonstrably untrue. There are many people who could do with liposuction of their self-esteem, to bring their internal self-opinion more in line with reality!
    Feeling good about yourself is great, but it's not a good in itself. Do we want a serial killer to feel good about himself? I'm going to say 'no' to that. And it's not the panacea that some people think it is. In fact, in high doses, I would consider it to be very toxic indeed.
    Good luck with your project

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