Mentoring at a Distance

In the UNT Mentoring Network, we provide a whole network of potential mentors and multiple resources, rather than thinking of mentoring only as a one-with-one relationship.

• No matter what the medium, the heart and soul of every successful mentoring partnership rests on learning and relationship.

• First, learning is the fundamental process, purpose and product of mentoring. Without learning, there is no purpose for mentoring.

• Second, mentoring relies on continuously connecting and cultivating the relationship.

• While all communication potentially can create misunderstanding, mentoring at a distance can be a formidable task because the feeling of connection is frequently lost through electronic communication.

• Both mentor and novice teacher must work to stay connected with each other and to stay focused on learning--their students' learning and their own!

Zachary Lois J. (2000). The Mentor's Guide. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.