David Cavill has written an excellent Blog post about the mentoring process, explaining what it is and what it isn’t. He describes some of the principles underpinning adult learning and describes the five most commonly used techniques in Mentoring:
We’ve had a breed Mentoring Scheme in place for some years which provides opportunities for anyone with an interest in Dachshunds to learn more, whether or not they aspire to judge.
One of David’s important points in his blog is this; he says “Mentoring is an excellent way forward for training novice and aspiring judges – but it does require considerable commitment“. Mentoring is a process, not a one-off activity, and it can be very rewarding for both the Mentor and Mentee.
We use a three-tier approach to help tailor the scheme to the individual with an increasing level of input from Mentors as the Mentee moves up through the tiers. This, we believe, gives the Mentee as balanced a view of the breed as possible, whilst ensuring that by the time they reach the A2 Assessment level they have as much knowledge as possible to enable them, hopefully, to pass the assessments first time round.
If you think you’d like to “give something back” by becoming a Mentor, please contact our Coordinator Helen Geeson.