WE WANT YOU! - Become a Silver Creek Mentor Today
Dear Potential Mentor,
At both Big Picture Schools and Silver Creek High School, we believe that education is everyone’s business. Learning opportunities are everywhere, not just inside classrooms. Research tells us that we learn best when we’re personally motivated. When we have a passion for what we are doing, knowledge unfolds and evolves naturally.
One of the basic structures of Big Picture schools is that students spend two days a week at an internship site. By Learning Through Internship (LTI), a student will learn math, science, reading, writing and many other skills more effectively than he or she could learn in a classroom. The school advisors are in charge of the student's learning plan and monitor the student’s progress while also working with you to provide an invaluable experience that helps both students and mentors. LTIs are not meant to help students pick out a particular career, however, they are meant to expose them to post-secondary options that would not exist otherwise. At their LTIs, students will also learn the skills needed to go on to college and beyond.
A mentor gives each student the opportunity to learn from an adult with a similar interest. The focus on real work in professional settings gives the student’s learning context and depth. Through genuine relationships, mentors teach a work ethic while also modeling what it means to be an adult member of our community. The mentor guides and coaches the student intern at the work site, while the student receives additional project support from the advisor back at school. The student is expected to contribute a substantial amount of work that is of real consequence to the LTI site and help the mentor and his or her business. The mentor also becomes a part of the student’s learning team.
Watch the video below to see an example of how internships drive student engagement.
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