What do you want to learn ?

What do you want to learn ?

There is a lot of learning that is forced upon us.

Compulsory education from ages 6 to 14 under the law.

Then another 4 years of Schooling almost as a Social requirement

Then further higher education for academic degrees or Professional qualifications.

During this learning journey, the learner has practically no say.

But as a grown up on a lifelong journey, or even earlier when you are in the stage of mandatory education, you may want to learn something beyond the classroom.

But the difficulty is of being able to articulate your learning needs.

If you can describe your learning needs well enough, it is possible to get them fulfilled.

One approach is to get :

Mentored by Prof.M.M.Pant:

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About Prof. M.M.Pant

Prof. M M Pant, the Programme Architect http://www.mmpant.net is pursuing pedagogy, technology tools and curricula for educating for the future.

He has a special interest in encouraging self-learning, leveraging social media and bringing the Tablets, mobile and other handhelds into the classroom where they have been traditionally banned in a framework named “Learning 221: Learning for the 2nd Decade of the 21st Century”.

Prof. Pant has been a Pro-Vice Chancellor in IGNOU and was on the faculty of IIT, Kanpur, MNIT Allahabad and University of Western Ontario, Canada.

He is the founder of the LMP Education Trust, an organisation that promotes new age learning and supports underprivileged learners.

Formats of Mentoring : 

Mentoring is best done individually and in a personalised manner, which may be called

121 Mentoring ( one to one Mentoring)

In some situations small group mentoring is quite effective and for this a group size of less than eight is best, and this is represented as <8 mentoring 

For sessions with larger groups we have the SMILE Meetups for which information is available at Meetup.com

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is additional personal support and encouragement to learners that helps them maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and succeed.
Mentoring is an important personal development and empowerment tool and an effective way of helping people succeed in their goals. It is a relationship between two people (mentor and mentee) with the mentor being more experienced and having a wider exposure than a mere subject matter specialist. It is a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect, to enhance the learning experience in an educational setting or the workplace.

A mentor is a friend, philosopher and guide who can help the mentee to find the right direction and who can help them to develop solutions to important issues. Mentors rely upon having had similar experiences to gain an empathy with the mentee and an understanding of their issues. Mentoring provides the mentee with an opportunity to think about career options and progress.
A mentor should help the mentee to be reflective and boost self-confidence. A mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance. Remember that failing to plan, is planning to fail.

Why is mentoring important ?

All formal Institutional educational transaction is standardised by the regulators and must be the same for all. But that is a version of broadcasting. Learning is a personal experience and everyone needs someone to facilitate this. The University of Cambridge had a system of ‘tutors’ for this. All learners need a friend, philosopher and guide; sometimes an ‘ in loco parentis’.

Expected Benefits to the Mentee

* Improved grades/scores/marks in academic exams
* An improved understanding of how academic knowledge applies to real life ( Finland’s approach of phenomenon based learning)
* More developed problem solving skills
* Greater willingness to take risks
* Stronger question asking skills
* Enhanced Thinking Skills
* Mould them as innovators that will design and build tomorrow’s world.

In these times, when almost everybody has access to a Tablet, Smartphone or other handheld, you don’t have to spend hours travelling to and forth to your mentor.
So we provide mentoring where you want it, when you need it and since you are on the move, so we’ll also be everywhere now.

We support you in many ways:

* Access to a pool of ‘curated’ resources in the ‘domain’ in which you are being mentored updated at regular intervals. These resources would comprise white papers, videos, podcasts, e-books from world renown educational thought leaders. You would also have access to archives of articles by Prof.M.M.Pant
* Monthly : Resources delivered in the form of personalised e-mail Newsletters delivered to your inbox once a month,helping you plan your learning activities for the month, further detailed as weekly plans and goals. And you can access them on your Smartphone or Tablet.
* Weekly : New Blogs at a blog site at regular intervals, on the average once a week, usually on Tuesday. The latest and archived posts will accessible on your mobile device.
* Daily: Breaking News in the domain of your mentoring updated almost every other day on Twitter
* personalised occasional messages to you as text, e-mail or direct Tweets to you of information particularly worthy of your attention.

* and of course an e-mail HelpDesk at askdrpant@gmail.com. You will get a response within a reasonable time. And this will not be an automated programmed reply, but a reply by Prof.M.M.Pant himself or by a close associate on his behalf and with his guidance/approval.

These regular communications will be supplemented by occasional ( averaging once a month) weekend ‘flipped’ workshops or ‘Master Classes’ that will be held at different locations in the world, in ‘connected classroom’ format and such participants who can make it to the location would be welcome to join in face to face mode. For all others there would be possibility of remote synchronous participation through the Internet in the same workshops. So that they can participate in live Q&A sessions.

Focus areas for Mentoring by Prof MM Pant
1: Becoming an uber-smart learner { for School students}
2: Becoming a RockStar Teacher { for younger teachers}
3: 21st Century Gurukul for 21st Century Gurus{ for Senior Educators}
4: Helping you raise the smartest kids in the world { for all parents}
5: Value Innovation in Knowledge Enterprises { for 21st Century entrepreneurs }
6: LifeStyle Design { Balancing, work, life and purpose}
7: School for the 2nd half of life { Preparing for life after 40+}
8: Helping Mastering Maths by loving it { for learners at all stage to become better at Maths}

Those who would like to be mentored in a specific domain ( such as personal career development) can have a be-spoke model of mentoring building on the above concepts.

3 Responses to What do you want to learn ?

  1. Sir this Mission is great for improving the distance learning people and the people who want to study but cant afford it.I am truly give my best to support this mission from my core of heart. i will also suggest people and my co workers for supporting this great Mission.
    —- Pradeep Kumar from Pratham Infotech Foundation, Delhi

  2. Dipti Joshna says:

    Well I never thought something like this ever happens, until I met Prof Pant in the Goenkan Education Leaders Confluence and heard him. Then the whattsapp thing followed and my learning biosphere went and hit the virtual world of the Internet. Its indeed a new arena, altogether a new approach to learning and interaction with diversified people from across the planet. Lots more unfolded one by one when I took all his one week short whattsapp courses…. I must confess my perception towards teaching learning in the 21st century has undergone a sea change and I find myself again in the front benches of 21st century learners…..

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