Project Overview

Project: 2012 - 2013 High Park Fire Research and Recovery
Teacher: Sarah Bayer
School: Polaris Expeditionary Learning School
Location: 1905 Orchard Pl
Start Date: 09/14/2012
End Date: 05/15/2013

Participant totals:
Student Participants: 21
Mentor Participants: 15

Survey Totals:
Teacher Survey: 1
Student Surveys: 21
Mentor Surveys: 15

Mentor Project Survey Results

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

Please indicate if your mentoring support aided your student in the following areas.
7 - Better understanding of a professional work environment
4 - Improved awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities
6 - Increased desire to research and plan for post-secondary education
11 - 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?
1 - N/A
6 - Yes
8 - 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.
Again, communications is key. I can't fault the communications from either the teacher nor the ITP Staff.
Communication remains key. I can't fault this for either the teacher nor the ITP Staff.
Encourage the student to ask more from their mentor.
Sarah did a great job communicating information about the student projects and the rubrics for their content. I received more communications from her than I did from other teachers in past ITP projects. It is my feeling that she was very proactive in providing support to both students and mentors to achieve success in the project.
communication - increase communication between teacher and mentor; increase communication between student and mentor - unclear as to whether mentor's edits/comments on projects were adopted by student
I feel the teacher should have monitored and provided more guidance to the students as to what really is expected on the student's part during the mentoring process. I felt like the student was more of a pen pal and didn't really involve me in the development of the project or his deliverables. Numerous times I was unaware a deliverable was due until he mentioned he turned in an assignment, so I was typically reading documentation after the fact.
Relay common troublesome issues that students are having during projects so that mentor may offer suggestions on working through obstacles while still pertinent to the research project.
I would suggest that teachers track communications between students and mentors to ensure regular contact. I had no impact on this project because I only heard from the student a few times. It was my worst experience to date with a student. My time is valuable and I don't like to waste it - if a student isn't willing to actively participate, they should be honest about it and drop out of the telementor program.

Feedback regarding the quality of the student's final project as well as suggestions for improvement.
Weather severely impacted the final project. Ben's project involved planting which was impacted by the ongoing winter conditions in Colorado. By project end the weather was just turning to Spring like conditions. I only received JPEG images from Ben which depicted the plants intended for delivery. However I didn't receive the final end of the project which may have been impacted by time.
Weather had an impact on this project. Ongoing cold and snowy weather impacted the progress of the project. Throughout however Piper remained a leader on her team. She appears to be very bright based on the communications I received. She was very interested in her project and fun to work with.
Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to see the student's final project. However, previous projects that the student completed showed her talents in creating videos that provided enough information to tell the story about what was being done by other students in class.
This student's final project was very good and age appropriate. She worked hard on the project and gained an appreciation of the wildlife and ecosystem of the burn area under study. Students should submit rough drafts well before the due date, so mentors can have time to make suggestions, and then the studen will have time to address comments from the mentor before submitting the project for teacher evaluation
I only saw a draft of the final document. I never saw any addition edits or the final product.
Obviously, from student's sparse weekly feedback, there had to be many revisions and a lot of work that the student was involved with to achieve the higher quality project that was finally revealed. Student seemed enthusiastic and able to grasp ecological concepts from the very beginning of research. Application of research to experimentation was narrowed in scope due to property availabilty and already underway large-scale projects.
This student's final project was very high quality.

Overall experience in the program.

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

Why or why not.
I love my volunteer contribution to I would very much like to stay involved in helping students.
I am dedicated to the Telementor goals. I would like to remain an active volunteer.
I enjoy interacting with students and learning about them and the subjects we study.
I've always found that I've learned something new from the students as they complete their projects. It is also rewarding to think that I can help them look at things a little differently by asking questions that they have not thought about.
I enjoyed the interaction with my student. She was very bright and her letters and work were terrific.
I would considering mentoring again because I enjoy helping students broaden their skills.
Nice to be involved with high-school aged students who are interested in resource management.

The most rewarding aspect of participating.
The satisfaction of seeing the personal growth of each mentee I am involved with
Watching the progress of the kids towards delivering their final project
Helping student succeed in project and apply that to life in general.
On this project, I worked with a talented student and saw that she was able to create some nice videos that told a story about the work they were doing.
I hope I have made some positive impression of how a scientist approaches a problem, and what it means to be a scientist.
I think the most rewarding aspect was seeing the videos and hearing the kids explain what they were doing. It showed they were engaged and not just going through the motions for a grade.
Addressing the scientific process in a hands-on project.
Working with the students.
sharing how what students are doing now will help them professionally and in life in general.
Nothing rewarding about this experience

The most difficult aspect of participating.
Nothing, really
Nothing, really
The student did share work throughout the year, but it felt like the mentor was the area of last resort, as opposed to a colabarator.
Being able to contact my student on a frequent basis. I was out on vacation for a couple weeks and I've also been busy with other "projects" at home. I had good intentions to communicate frequently, however, without the student's responses, sometime I would let a few days pass before I would get online and prompt the student for information.
I often did not know if the student used my edits or comments for her work. I think more feedback is always a good thing.
The most difficult aspect for me was the lack of response from the teacher when I posed concerns about my student's collaboration difficulties.
Majority of communication went one way from mentor to student. Wasn't quite sure if student gained any understanding from questions I asked of him.
turning around emails in a timely manner
Trying to get the student to respond!

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