Session 0 - Become a Mentor - Lesson plan

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Learning objectives

By the end of the session Mentors will be able to:

  • Describe what is that Software testing clinic does

  • Describe the different workshop styles we present

  • Explain what their role is in process of helping students in regular sessions

  • Describe what mentoring is

  • Describe what the role of a mentor is

  • Display understanding of the perspective of the Mentee

  • Execute different mentor techniques such as asking questions, building rapport and active listening

Schedule

Start time

End time

Activity

Resources

6:30pm

6:35pm

Introduction to the session

  • Ground rules - SWTC is a safe environment to talk about testing. That means there are no silly questions to ask

  • What we are covering tonight

  • An introduction to SWTC, how it works, the type of activities we run and the topics

n/a

6:35pm

6:50pm

Empathy Map exercise

Empathy Maps

  • Splitting into pairs

  • Use the printout of the empathy map template

  • Write on map from perspective of Mentor and Mentee - Use two different colours of post-it notes

Printouts of empathy maps, post-it notes

6:50pm

7:05pm

Big Group discussions

  • Debrief on Empathy maps on the large whiteboard

  • As attendees debrief we add stuff to board

  • Adding our ideas onto board as well

Whiteboard markers

7:05pm

7:25pm

Food Break

n/a

7:25pm

7:55pm

Big group discussion – What makes a good SWTC mentor?

  • Build a persona of what we feel is an SWTC mentor (which feeds into a general contract for mentors in the future)

  • Mentor needs to react to different styles of mentoring that we do at SWTC

  • Differences between Mentoring, Teaching and Coaching

Whiteboard markers

7:55pm

8:05pm

Rapport exercise

  • Break into pairs, discuss ways in which you could build rapport with a mentee

n/a

8:05pm

8:10pm

Big group debrief

  • Ask the group to share ways in which they could create a rapport between themselves and the students

  • Note down ideas from attendees on the whiteboard

Whiteboard and pens

8:10pm

8:20pm

Big group discussion

  • Explore with the big group ‘What makes a good question? / Examples of good questions’

  • Help attendees to appreciate how questioning can open up new ideas and understanding

Whiteboard and pens

8:20pm

8:25pm

Question game exercise

  • Break into pairs

  • Have a conversation only using questions

  • As a pair attempt to keep the conversation going for as long as possible

n/a

8:25pm

8:35pm

Big group discussion

  • Discuss how active listening is an effective tool for understanding a students needs

  • Share how there are different levels of listening that affect interpretation

Whiteboard and pens, levels of understanding: http://www.leaderwholeads.com/levels-of-listening.html

8:35pm

8:40pm

Paired exercise and debriefs

Active Listening

  • Break into pairs

  • One person asks the other a question

  • Questioner then has to listen for five minutes without interrupting for 5 mins

  • Swap

  • Debrief

n/a

8:40pm

8:55pm

Debrief

  • Recap of what we’ve learnt

  • Demonstration of our lesson plan and how we used that to guide us

  • How does the group feel about that?

n/a

8:55pm

9:00pm

Wrap up

Hosts will wrap up the session and offer additional activities to carry out after the session on the Ministry of Testing Club forum

Activities after the session