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Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged defines guide as “vb … to direct or supervise esp [sic] toward some desirable end, course, way, or development.”

You function as a guide when you systematically direct or supervise your mentee's journey from unseasoned neophyte to self-reliant practitioner. Your purpose as a guide is to bring your mentee to the point where a mentor is no longer necessary, to wean your mentee away from dependence, and facilitate his or her journey toward becoming an autonomous teacher.

You establish the groundwork for this journey right from the beginning of your mentor-mentee relationship. When you legitimize and value your mentee's thoughts and feelings, in effect you are taking his or her hand; when you include your mentee ...

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