Food for Thought Friday: Reverse Mentors

by Kristie Burk

Have you ever heard of a “reverse” mentor?

Because of the disparity between the technical skills of different generations in the workplace, some companies have started a reverse mentoring program, pairing younger employees with older ones to help them become more “social-media” savvy. Sue Shellenbarger wrote an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal  on this trend.

The article follows 50-year old Robert Garrow, MasterCard’s Chief Human-Resources Officer, who was paired with Rebecca Kaufman, a 24-year-old community manager.  “Five months into their work together,”  Shellenbarger writes, “Mr. Garrow has 2,352 LinkedIn contacts, checks Twitter 8 to 10 times a day, follows 109 handles and tweets about 50 times a month.” You can read the entire article here.

The article got me thinking about the idea of reverse mentoring and how it could work in our schools. What if we paired the more tech-saavy educators with some less skilled ones as mentors, regardless of age? Or even better, what if we let our students help the teachers improve their technology skills?

Some food for thought this Friday.  Think about it and let us know what you think on our blog at!



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