chapter  4
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Working Together: Roles and Relationships in the Mentoring Process

Incaseswherethereismorethanonestudent-teacherinaschool,peersupport intheformof'someonetotalkto'maybeavailable.Inotherstheremaybe a'kindredspirit',perhapsintheformofayoungermemberofstaff.Inthe absenceofanyoneelse,itislikelytobethementortowhomstudentsturnfor someonetotalkto,someoneinwhomtoconfidetheirfears,theirjoysandthe successesandfailuresassociatedwiththejobofteaching.Hencealistening friend(almostacounsellor)islikelytobeanotherfacetofthementorroleand oneforwhichthementormaywellfeelill-prepared.Itisalsoeasytoforget, inthehecticday-to-daylifeoftheschool,thatthestudentisapersonwitha lifeoutsideoftheteachingpractice!Thislifemayfeatureotherfull-timestudents whoareperhapsnotassensitiveastheymightbetothepressuresoftheir friends'full-timejob.Otherproblems(financial,emotionalandaccommodation)mayaddtothesepressuresandhaveahabitofcomingtoaheadduring schoolexperience.