Project Overview

Project: Applied Communications Documentary of Occupations
Teacher: Nancy Kelley
School: Topeka High School
Location: 800SW 10th Street
Start Date: 03/23/2009
End Date: 05/04/2009

Participant totals:
Student Participants: 0
Mentor Participants: 7

Survey Totals:
Teacher Survey: 1
Student Surveys: 0
Mentor Surveys: 7

Mentor Project Survey Results

Please indicate the student skill areas that you feel you influenced through this project.
0 - Improved math comprehension and ability
0 - Improved science comprehension and ability
7 - Improved written communication skills
3 - Improved basic research skills
3 - Improved project management skills
3 - Improved collaboration skills

Please indicate if your mentoring support aided your student in the following areas.
1 - Better understanding of a professional work environment
3 - Improved awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities
5 - Increased desire to research and plan for post-secondary education
1 - Improved awareness of the value of a professional support network

The average quality of the messages received from students throughout the project.

Did your student share a final product (presentation, research report, plan, etc) with you for this project?
0 - N/A
6 - Yes
1 - No

Average level and quality of assistance received from the teacher throughout the project.

Average level and quality of assistance you received from Mentored Pathways staff throughout the project.

Things either the teacher or the Mentored Pathways Staff do to make a similar project more successful.
I think this project could use some restructuring. We "ambled" along through the first part, while students got accustomed to using the presentation tool they would use for their final project. Suddenly, there's a spring break and a mere week in which to do the meat of the project -- I feel "cheated" in that I didn't get to see Jessica's final project.
I felt out of touch with the student and the teacher on this project.
The challenge seems to be providing the student with enough "computer" time so that the project activities could be done and/or communications received/sent by the student.

Feedback regarding the quality of the student's final project as well as suggestions for improvement.
I wish I could have seen it!
I did not see a final project. I only saw one piece of her writing - the story about her mother leaving to join the National Guard
My student went weeks without writing. I don't feel like I had good communication with her.

Overall experience in the program.

Would you consider mentoring new students in the future?
0 - No
7 - Yes

Why or why not.
It will give me an opportunity to help other students!!!
I can hardly quit now!
It is rewarding to work with a student, contributing ideas and advice.
I enjoyed the connection and interaction with the student.

The most rewarding aspect of participating.
Knowing that I encouraged her to become a writer...she is truly an excellent writer and needs to know this information
I always enjoy the "getting to know you" aspect of projects and the on-going dialogue.
The communication with Jacqui.
Shareing with the student on a professional and personal basis.
Knowing that I might be able to help a student tap into their skills and provide encouragement to explore new possibilities.

The most difficult aspect of participating.
As noted above, it is very frustrating that I will not see Jessica's final project.
Not seeing a final project.
Not getting a sense that the student knew what was expected of him and how I could assist in the goal.
The student did not seen engaged in the project.
Providing feedback with little or no communication from the student.

First time you've been part of a formal mentoring program.
7 - No
0 - Yes