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Mentorship block

Mentorship block

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Hello all!

I am a student teacher who has only spent a full week in my middle school practicum school.

Every morning there is a ten minute Mentorship block and every Wednesday there is a Mentorship class for one hour. The teachers get a pre-made curriculum to follow for the Wednesdays, but it doesn't seem particularly advanced or in-depth. In the ten-minute mornings my mentor teacher usually takes attendance, gives announcements, and goes around the class having short discussions with everyone. The ten-minute blocks are meant to give the teachers a chance to talk to anyone who doesn't seem to be having a good day or is having difficulties before they go throughout the day dealing with the issues and potentially disrupting class.

The Wednesday blocks are longer and my mentor teacher uses the curriculum to teach a lesson. The lessons revolve around discussing personal growth and developing positive skills and traits. (eg: discussing good risks versus bad risks)

I was wondering if anyone has had experience teaching this type of class in their schools and what they did with the time? The 10 minute mornings in particular seem quite hard to plan for. I suppose you could do short get-to-know-you activities or discussions, but I can't see much of anything deep or meaningful coming out of ten minutes. Hopefully I'm wrong though!

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