A few years ago, I was talking to a teacher about a student she had volunteered to mentor.
The young lady had had a difficult past, and the teacher had confided in me that some of their meetings had been challenging. While I was encouraging her to keep up the good work, at the same time, I wanted to prepare her for the reality of mentoring.
“Don’t be surprised,” I said, “when you are disappointed.”
“That’s not very encouraging,” she replied with a perplexed expression.
I went on to explain to her how important it is to expect, not be surprised by conflict, and we talked about the actions to keep taking in the face of disappointment. Read More 7 Tips For Dealing With Challenging Students