Mentoring

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Mentorship Module

In this essay I aim to reflect and critically analyse my completion of the learning development plan and to identify how the skills and knowledge that I have gained as a mentor will enable me to lead learning in my area of practice. I will be using the What model of reflection (Driscoll 2000) throughout this essay.

What? - As part of the mentorship module I was required to complete a Learning Development Plan (LDP). Part of the LDP involved writing a lesson plan which was then taught to a student under the supervision of my mentor. A copy of the lesson plan can be found within the LDP. An assessment plan was then used to evaluate the learning that had taken place and to assess the competency of the student. I am
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It makes sense, therefore, that before we explore how we teach, we understand how people learn’. From discussion with my student prior to the lesson I learnt that she too had a more activist learning style and I felt that this match would provide a more harmonious learning environment between myself and the student. Whilst there is validity in attempting to match teaching styles with learning styles (Quinn & Hughes 2007) there is also research to show that by moving the student outside of their dominant learning style will stimulate learning and the challenge will promote more creative learning (Tennant 1997 and Partridge 1983).
I was aware of my student’s dominant learning style and my lesson on Intubation was a practical one which would be more suited to her, however, I felt that in order to teach the subject effectively, the lesson in part would have to have a theoretical approach in order to cover the aspects of airway anatomy and physiology, rationale for intubation and the hazards, precautions and complications of the procedure. Once I had completed my lesson plan, I was concerned that it was weighted far more to a reflector or theorist style of learning and that my student would become bored and de-motivated. This is also argued by Gopee (2008) who states that ‘the mentor should endeavour to develop awareness of their mentee’s learning style to see if they can adapt to them to make their teaching more effective’. Gopee

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