MFSDI: Mentoring for self-discovery and self-improvement:
There is an almost universal agreement that the present education model of “one size fits all” and designed for the last century is not adequate for the future. Existing programs may need to be be supplemented with mentoring programs that build the knowledge, skills, attitude and dispositions that would help in flourishing and prospering in the unpredictable and unforeseen future. John Holt has suggested that the best strategy to prepare for an unknown world is to foster the love of learning and the ability to learn very well anything one sets out to learn.
I have with these goals in mind, developed this 3 month (12 weeks) personalised mentoring program for self-discovery and self-improvement that is structured as a series of 10 weeklong learning adventures. The program is accessible through a mobile phone with WhatsApp.
Beginning November 2020, mentees can join at the beginning of any month,and will follow a personalised trajectory. This is designed as a 12 week ( 5 days a week) or 3 month program . The suggested activities would require a couple of hours every weekday. Any weekends and extra days that become available during the 3 month period may be used for catching up on missed activities and for further reflection on the activities of the week.
The mission is : “ Successful transformation to prosper and flourish in an unknown and unpredictable future”:
This is a program for both boys and girls of all all ages from about 13 upwards. The program is being offered only in English medium. Parents of minors will if they so wish be included in the program without any extra charge, in their ward’s mentoring journey. Of course they will have to pay the regular fee if they also want to be ‘mentored’ on how to deal with their own future.
It is often said that healthcare has continuously improved because the outcome of new knowledge and research in the medical sciences leads to better diagnostics, better pharmaceutical products and better treatment protocols, but the outcome of research in education, learning, including what neuroscience informs us of how the brain learns and the technologies including its latest incarnation in the form of AI is not applied to improve the practice of teaching and learning. Often the findings of latest research are actively prohibited from being used in classrooms.
Under the present conditions, the formal education system does not hold much promise for the learners and the only hope is individuals taking charge of their own destinies, and applying what great thought leaders have suggested in their books, blogs, conference keynotes, articles and TED talks. Preparing students for future success is the main role of a teacher. Simply teaching facts is no longer an acceptable means of instruction ( New Education Policy 2020). Teaching students to be self-directed learners is necessary for success in the unfolding future.
Unlike a course curriculum, this program is not spelled out in detail, but a broad sequence of the activities over a period of 3 months has been planned. We expect that most people will then onwards be able to chart their own future trajectories, but if some want some more support, that would be available.
We will not abandon our mentees or abdicate our mentees if they need further help and hands holding.
The broad flow of the 3 month ( 10weeks) program of guided self-discovery and self-improvement. These are preliminary thoughts, and may be tweaked during the course of 3 months depending upon the interactions with the mentee.
1st week : Finding your element ?
Day 1: Setting the stage; how will the process work?
Day 2: What are you good at? Evidence from academic records
Day 3: What makes you happy?
Day 4: What do you love doing?
Day 5: Ikigai : your life’s purpose
End of the week outcome: A brief report on your element
2nd week : Your learning profile: what kind of learner are you?
Day 1: Your Intelligence profile
Day 2: What is your attitude? Mindset? Deferred Gratification.
Day 3: Your learning dispositions
Day 4: Grit: where are you on the scale ?
Day 5: What were you planning to do next? Why?
End of the week outcome: Your learning profile.
3rd week : Learning Skills
Day 1: Why becoming a lifelong learner is so important ?
Day 2: Webquests for the pursuit of self-directed learning
Day 3: The Feynman Technique for learning advanced or difficult concepts
Day 4: Building Learning Power
Day 5: Using AI tools to become a better learner
End of the week outcome: Guidance for becoming a better learner
4th week: Metacognition – thinking about how we think
Day 1: What is metacognition?
Day 2: Fallacies
Day 3: The toolbox fallacy
Day 4: Cognitive Bias
Day 5: Occam’s razor
End of the week outcome: Your responses to some logical problems
5th week: Overcoming Maths Phobia……and appreciating Maths
Day 1: What is Maths Phobia?
Day 2: What causes Maths Anxiety?
Day 3: Measure of Maths Anxiety?
Day 4: Conquering Maths Anxiety
Day 5: At peace with Maths
End of the week outcome: Your reflection on your changed attitude towards Mathematics
6th week: Adventures into literature:
Day 1: Why literature?
Day 2: Stories
Day 3: Essays
Day 4: Poetry
Day 5: Drama
End of the week outcome: Your literary composition…
7th week: Philosophical Foundations
Day 1: Why Philosophy?
Day 2: Great Philosophical ideas
Day 3: Ethics
Day 4: Consciousness
Day 5: Philosophy of Information
End of the week outcome: Your Philosophy as articulated by you
8th week: Meta-Knowledge
Day 1: What is Knowledge?
Day 2: Knowledge Representation
Day 3: Knowledge Organisation
Day 4: Tacit and explicit Knowledge
Day 5: Knowledge Management
End of week outcome: Your perspectives on Knowledge?
9th week: Quantum readiness:
Day 1: Quantum Magic
Day 2: Quantum Concepts
Day 3: Quantum Computing
Day 4: Quantum Biology
Day 5: Where to learn more ?
End of week outcome: A write up by you on why you think Quantum is worth learning about
10th week: The next steps:
Day 1: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence
Day 2: Technology MegaTrends in the 4th Industrial Age
Day 3: Developing Foresight
Day 4: Computational Thinking
Day 5: First Principles
End of the week outcome : Your Personal action plan.
Running through the 12 weeks, will be an extended Capstone project,somewhat similar to the extended essay in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This extended project will be settled by mutual agreement with the mentee, during the first week of the program.
To know more about this mentoring program, the fees and enrolment procedure please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at :+919810073724