For Summit Learning teachers, Along can be used with students as a complement to mentoring.

Below are some suggestions for how to integrate Along with Summit Learning mentoring practices:

  • Use Along as a way to supplement mentoring check-ins. Prior to each check-in cycle with mentees, choose a reflection question prompt that aligns to the type of check-in you are having: connecting, progress, or step-back.
    • For connecting check-ins, send a prompt prior to the check-in to help you connect with your mentees. Use the reflection loop as a way to share something about yourself and learn about each of your mentees. 
    • For progress check-ins, consider sending a prompt to help you understand where students are in their development of a Habit of Success or a related skill. Knowing where each student stands, in advance of the check-in, can help you plan ahead and be prepared to support students.
    • For step-back check-ins, choose a prompt that allows students to be reflective over a length of time or a skill they have been progressing in.
  • Send a reflection question as a complement to the pre work mentees do to prepare for a check-in. 
    • For younger students, in particular, this can be a great way for them to express themselves and prepare for a check-in. 
  • Send reflection questions between scheduled check-ins with students. 
    • Sending a prompt to all mentees on a regular cadence helps students stay connected with you between formal check-ins. It’s also a great way to get a pulse check on individual students and your mentee group as a whole.
    • Send a more targeted prompt to one student or a select group of students to:
      • Celebrate a success 
      • Understand what support may be needed 
      • Check back in on a topic discussed in a check-in or prior reflection prompt
  • Send a reflection question prompt to support the Habits of Success.
    • Send a prompt prior to introducing a skill or before focusing on a specific skill to gather information about students’ prior knowledge.
    • Send a prompt to understand how to support students in a particular habit or related skill. After students respond, decide how to best support one student, a group of students, or the whole class.
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