As mentioned in my previous post, I did in fact go and spend a good deal of time with my mentor. Doing this not only allowed me to get a few of my questions answered, but to also spend a little one on one time with my mentor and enjoy a few casual discussions.
With learning new things comes new learning techniques and styles. My mentor would do one that I find quite effective, though some might say otherwise. I like to call it “Give a Little, Get a Lot” . In this my mentor would provide me with a little snippet of information or a small task that I would then take and research or put into practice, this would have me daisy-chaining for hours on end looking at linking information.
Though I know we do similar things within the TALONS classroom, I did find it to be different, in structure if nothing else.
Now, with reinforcing new learning we seem do find a demonstration of gained knowledge as a solid option. This could be a poster, a poem or story, photos, paintings, or any number of other things. Now, this wouldn’t be a big project, not your final project or anything like that, but a small way to show your mentor or teacher what you have gained from their teachings and what you have retained over the time period. This is easily comparable to a pop quiz, or any unit test you may do, but not your final exam.
Accelerating learning is a different thing altogether. Just in the name itself, it doesn’t state whether or not you have to retain a lot of the information (though it would probably be ideal), but how much faster you are able to learn the information. To accelerate learning I have seen pre-printed notes as an excellent option, allowing you to read a summary of what you are or were about to learn. Though this doesn’t necessarily mean you can just go by the notes without any further instruction on your topic, you will need some sort of demonstration, at least…I would. Accelerated learning, despite what I stated above, is meant to allow you to learn at a faster pace while still remembering what it was your teacher just said at 100mph. WARNING: Accelerated Learning Is Not For Everyone!
As for opportunities for this, within my subject at least, opportunities for accelerated learning are slim from what I’ve seen. The best one I can think of is just throwing yourself into the work and then cleaning up what you break when you land on the information.
(This may all seem very question-answery, and it is, but I haven’t been getting much sleep and I’m lacking the creative urge to write some fantastical tale and somehow work this information into it. Go ahead, sue me.)
When my mentor and I get together we often talk at length, firstly about the project in general, secondly about the progress, thirdly what questions or problems might have popped up, fourthly how much farther I’d like to go, and then lastly we talk about what information or other programs and websites he can provide me with to continue with my learning endeavour. Actually, I fibbed, thats not what we talk about last. After all the serious talk we just catch up on the general, mundane life things that go on around us and enjoy a little break in the action. But thats not even whats last, after all of that we double check everything, basically summarizing the meeting and then saying our farewells.
With the mentorship I believe all is going well, just as it was in my last post. And for lack of any flowery words to describe it, I shall just quote myself,
So far the whole process had been going along with little to no hitches until this point. My mentor and I have been able to communicate smoothly and he has been a real help when I have run into problems or decided to nitpick certain aspects of the setup with programs or the overall visual aspects of the project. I’d have to say that the thing that works best about our whole mentor-student relationship is our ability to communicate and understand. Even when we aren’t meeting face to face and have no real way of showing the other person what we mean, we always seem to just get it. We don’t tend to sense tones that aren’t there and the communication process is often very pleasant (when I’m not already frustrated with the programs).
As for what we are learning about one another, not too much is actually new. I have in fact known my mentor since I was little and I have spent time with him before. So the only real thing we are learning about one another is the current events in our lives.
Oh, and you might be wondering why the title is what it is… I was in Kamloops, as I believe I said in my previous post, and it is considered a desert. Though I did wear shorts (much to everyone’s astonishment) there was still plenty of snow on the mountains and the wind still had a bit of a bite to it.
It is post number three and I still am having a few bumps with my project (including getting this post up because it just decided not to publish). Nonetheless I am working with these issues and moving towards the completion of my In Depth project. I'm going to be very linear here and state the…