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What is Inverse Mentoring?

What is Inverse Mentoring?

If you’re like me, you think of “learning,” but backwards. And it turns out that’s a good place to start because formal learning for at least 150 years has been seen as adult teaching a child in a formal setting such as a school. 

That makes sense as it is parents harvesting the fields who have through practice, trial and error taught their children how to use the hoes to weed and break up the soil. Breaking up the soil is the beginning stage of getting results which is producing crops. And “inverse mentoring” works the same way but now it’s the children teaching their parents to produce new crops.

Flipped Teaching and Learning

The “hoes” in the digital world start with ctrl + paste which is copying text or other files from one place to another. Quickly the skills become more complex. Logging into a website that requires not only a password but also a security code sent to your phone means that you have to both use a computer and a phone or navigate multiple applications on your phone.

For a generation of people for whom these skills are not second nature, they could use some practice in the field. Fortunately, there is a generation of people for whom these skills are second nature. And that’s where inverse mentoring comes in.

About Dr. Z

Dr. Z Zachary S Brooks

Dr. Z Zachary S Brooks

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*I earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition with concentrations in cognitive science and management from the University of Arizona.

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