October 1996

Root Page of Article: Mentoring and the Internet, by Ted Nellen

Teachers College Projects

A scholarly look at mentoring became the theme of a group project I did in a graduate class at Teachers College. Our group decided to generate an extensively detailed look at many important topics of mentoring which produced our scholarly project.

Mentoring philosophy was covered extensively and arguments were made for and against mentoring. Examples of mentoring included described states, universities and colleges, businesses, and communities which incorporate successful mentoring programs. Hints on how to find a mentor were provided as well as a link on the main page to a major search engine which was a great starting point for where and how to look for a mentor. Guidelines on how to manage a mentoring project and what technology was needed to maintain a project were provided by the group.

Working with very talented colleagues gave me further insight into mentoring perspectives which made my involvement in my class stronger and more effective. While working on this project, I was engrossed in a study which looked at other mentoring programs and forced me to reevaluate my projects. The richness of the other projects added inspiration to my work by helping me as a mentor and improving the projects in my own classroom.

The strongest element about mentoring I learned from this project at Teachers College was the care and professionalism displayed by mentors in the programs we reviewed. I learned the glory of being a mentor and the trust of being a pupil. Mentoring is a sacred act. Mentoring and the Internet can elevate education to new heights and present solutions to problems we face in education. --

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