A TeleMentor Program
Who Are Web Pals?
Web pals are partners in understanding the writing process. An adult mentor is paired with a high school student and the two correspond through email. Web pals partnership exists for a brief period, generally over the course of several months, a semester, or in some cases, a school year. Students from Sheboygan Falls High School have published their work on their web pages. The web pals engage in conversations about the writing they find there:
The first email from adult telementor should
The first email from my student should
From then on, I think the direction of the conversation can be about any or all of the following:
Email Etiquette (netiquette)
There are some "rules of engagement" for email that have become commonly accepted. There is also a sort of web language that has evolved from email and chat rooms that most people have integrated into their everyday usage. But emoticons and one liners aside, email is still a person to person, human interaction. We can never forget that and we must respect that there is a real person across the fiber optics whose fingers click away on their keyboard. For our purposes, any conversation that is not acceptable in public is not acceptable here. Read more about netiquette.
It was Ted Nellen's Murray Bergtraum students who first introduced me to the idea of telementors. As one of his scholars explained to me how she had been corresponding with a professor in Milwaukee and the about the kinds of things they "talked" about, I thought the experience of using email for mentoring was a fabulous idea. So, of course, I knew I had to try it with my Cyber English students.
My first experience in pairing adult telementors with my CyberEnglish9 students began February of 2003. I worked with Angelo Bonadonna from Xavier University. He and I paired our students and set the structure for the process. I thought it would be beneficial to post a few of the documents that we generated the first time through to help us when we do this again. Our correspondence may also help other teachers who want to give telementoring a try.
Becoming a Web Pal
Currently, Sheboygan Falls students are pairing up with adult mentors from Colorado State University and Texas Tech University. If you are interested in this project, please send an email.
Good candidates for adult mentors:
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