Activities by Competency

Activities from all seven sessions are listed here by the competency they fulfill. Given the specific outcomes your require in your peer mentorship program, you may wish to target just some of these competencies.

Note: Some activities are listed under multiple competencies.

Written Feedback

GEMs provide written feedback to their mentees as part of a code review process.

  • Session 2: Introduction to Code Review: Overview of types of feedback and tools
  • Session 3: Discussion: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy
  • Session 4 (completed prior): Practice Code Review
  • Session 4: Activity: Compare code reviews in pairs
  • Session 4: Discussion: Code review experience




In-person Feedback

GEMs meet with their mentees in person once per week for 10 minutes.

  • Session 2: Introduction to Code Review: Overview of types of feedback and tools 
  • Session 2: Activity: Peer Mentoring Roles and Effective Feedback
  • Session 3: Discussion: Why is Emotional Intelligence relevant to mentoring?
  • Session 4: Discussion: Code review experience
  • Session 4: Discussion: Diversity in Computer Science
  • Session 4: Discussion: Inclusion and climate in educational settings and mentor relationships
  • Session 5: Discussion: Initial reactions to mock 1-on-1 experience
  • Session 5: Activity: Inclusion and climate 
  • Session 6: Viewing Mock 1-on-1 Video Clips




Active Learning

GEMs deliver active learning modules during part of the laboratory session. Each module has been created by a GEM in the training course.

  • Session 5: Active Learning Module parameters and How to Structure a Pitch 
  • Session 5: Activity: ALM brainstorming
  • Session 5: ALM Pitches and Voting
  • Session 6 and 7: Active Learning Module Run-throughs




In-person Support

GEMs are present during the laboratory sessions to assist with student questions.

  • Session 2: Discussion: Self-Efficacy, Motivation, and Learning Styles
  • Session 3: Activity: Emotional Intelligence Scenarios
  • Session 3: Discussion: Why is Emotional Intelligence relevant to mentoring?
  • Session 3: Discussion: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy
  • Session 4: Activity: Assumptions scenarios
  • Session 4: Discussion: Diversity in Computer Science 
  • Session 4: Discussion: Inclusion and climate in educational settings and mentor relationships
  • Session 5: Activity: Inclusion and climate





Instruction/Discussion Leadership

GEMs must be comfortable leading discussion on technical topics, as when deliver Active Learning Modules.

  • Session 1: Discussion: What does it mean to be a peer mentor?
  • Session 2: Discussion: Self-Efficacy, Motivation, and Learning Styles
  • Session 3: Discussion: Why is Emotional Intelligence relevant to mentoring?
  • Session 3: Discussion: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Efficacy
  • Session 4: Activity: Assumptions scenarios
  • Session 4: Discussion: Diversity in Computer Science 
  • Session 4: Discussion: Inclusion and climate in educational settings and mentor relationships
  • Session 5: Activity: Inclusion and climate 
  • Session 5: ALM Pitches and Voting
  • Session 6 and 7: Active Learning Module Run-throughs



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