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Challenge for the week:
For November, the challenges will center around the theme of Giving Thanks. So far in November you’ve been challenged to write notes of appreciation, say “thank you,” shout-out your gratitude and to let your mentee know you’re grateful for them. This week’s challenge is to work with your mentee to become the person that someone else is thankful for. Who do you and your mentee have in your lives that you can identify as someone who could use your help, love or support? Once you have identified them, figure out what specific need they have and then make a plan to fulfill it, thereby being the person someone is thankful for!
BONUS CHALLENGE: There are numerous studies touting the benefits of practicing gratitude. Therefore, not wanting to ignore the experts and in keeping with the theme for the month, the bonus challenge for November is to give thanks daily. You might even try sending your mentee a text each day telling them what you’re thankful for that day and then asking them to share what they’re thankful for that day. Or, maybe you and your mentee start daily gratitude journals and hold each other accountable to filling them out daily. Find a way to give thanks and be grateful on a daily basis!
TIP of the WEEK: Students who live in poverty are less likely to have growth mindsets. Instead, they have what researchers call a “fixed mindset,” and this correlates with lower test scores than their peers who do not live in poverty. However, students who live in poverty and do have a growth mindset, score equally as well as their wealthy peers. So, does your mentee have a growth or fixed mindset? Tune into how they talk about learning and help encourage a new or expanding growth mindset in them! ~Taken from www.nea.org Teaching Children from Poverty and Trauma. (https://www.nea.org/sites/default/files/2020-07/NEAPovertyTraumaHandbook.pdf )
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Mentor Coaching Group Meeting Dates:
ASHLEY: Monday, November 29th 6:30 – 7:30 firstname.lastname@example.org
RYAN: Monday, November 1st 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Ryan@intentionalmentoringmadison.org
Upcoming Events to Note
- FREE Virtual Performing Arts events!
- Urban League of Greater Madison events and opportunities!!
- There are a lot of cool and FREE events at the Dream Bank on E. Washington St.. Check out the AmFam Dream Bank site for more info and to register.
- For a listing of local events checkout www.MadisonWithKids.com
- Free Library Events/Activities: Fitchburg Events Calendar Madison Events Calendar
- For Orchard Ridge events check Orchard Ridge Calendar
- For Toki events check Toki Calendar
- For Sennett events check Sennett Calendar
- For Cherokee events check Cherokee Calendar
- For Blackhawk events check Blackhawk Calendar
- For JMM HS events check Memorial HS Calendar
- For West HS events check West HS Calendar
- For La Follette HS events check La Follette Calendar
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QUOTE of the WEEK
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
All the best,