We transform English-speaking, low-literate adults, who live in Salt Lake or Davis Counties in Utah, into skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, writers, and mathematicians. We also educate community volunteers to work one-on-one or in group settings with these adult learners. For more information, see www.LiteracyActionCenter.org. To get help or donate time, resources, or financial support, please call 801/265-9081.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
What do you expect from a good writing mentor?
That was the question posed to our writers last spring. What’s your response?
According to the SLCCCommunityWritingCenter, mentors direct conversations, collect
member feedback, identify strategies that work, listen for members’ wants and
needs, and share information with SLCCCommunityWritingCenter.
A visiting mentor posed this question: "What is the group looking for in terms of a mentor?"
We used this question as our writing “warm up.” Here
were our group members' responses to this open-ended statement, “A good mentor…”
How do our
responses compare to your response?
Draft of a Story
A good mentor…
to know the meaning of education.
open our minds to help us learn.
what I have to know.
do the work, but guides the work, based on what we want or need.
prepared, not just with plans and lessons to move our group forward, but also comes prepared to abandon or modify those plans based on auditory and visual feedback
from group members.
out how to include all of our wants, needs, and concerns, without excluding any
passionate about writing.
us feel motivated to learn and improve.
us hard words to read, spell, and write.
§asks lots of questions, listens to responses, and connects us to resources to help us
meet our goals.
our conversation to stay positive and writing based.
as much as, if not more than, the group members.
also a viable group member.
us write stories and fix our spellings.
Call to Action
We are looking for excellent mentors and tutors.
Our writing mentors come to us through SLCCCommunityWritingCenter.
The writing center trains mentors for their many different writing groups
across Salt Lake City.
Interested? Contact them.