So far, I have had five meetings with my mentor. Unfortunately, I was only able to meet up with my mentor once since the last blog post due to a lot of activities and events I had to attend during the weekend and weekdays. During our last meeting, we continued to build the first wooden model (which is a miniature house) and I also thought about different ways to present my learning on in-depth night. I decided to not only display my final products but also show my process, drafts, and attempts.
1. What has been my most difficult mentoring challenge so far?
The most difficult mentoring challenge so far was trying to get the correct measurements. When drawing a draft, I had to be extremely careful to make sure all of my measurements were correct and accurate. As a result, I ended up spending a lot of time drawing instead of actually building. Initially, I had planned to finish drawing drafts by the end of two weeks but it actually went on until week five. In order to speed up the process and make sure I have sufficient time to build all four (perhaps more) models, I will attempt to draw the drafts at home and not only when I meet my mentor.
2. What is working well? Why?
I think my mentor and I are doing extremely well in terms of negotiating in order to find dates to hold meetings. So far we have had five meetings and that’s substantial compared to the number of meetings I had last year during this time. Furthermore, my mentor and I have exemplary communication skills. Both my mentor and I are able to convey information in a way that can be easily understood as well as read each others facial expressions so if something seems odd, we’re able to catch that on right away.
3. What could be working better? How can you make sure this happens?
Although my mentor and I are meeting frequently, our progress is quite slow. It’s already week seven yet we haven’t finished building the first wooden model. In order to speed up the process, I’m going to have to hold longer meetings with my mentor and I can guarantee this will happen since it’s almost spring break and neither of us are going out of town. During the break, I will hold more frequent but longer meetings to ensure I have at least have two wooden models built before the end of spring break.