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Open Access

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Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Dr. Susan Keller-Mathers

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This project bears witness to the self-directed learning journey of an aspiring self-directed education movement leader. This was an exploratory project on mentoring. The project outcomes are a personal definition and philosophy on mentoring, curated resources for mentors and mentees, and a detailed plan for a leadership development weekend for high school students. The learning journey was documented through journal entries prepared retrospectively. Without realizing it, the author made use of the cognitive behaviors described in the Deepening Expectations stage of the Torrance Incubation Model (TIM) as she attempted to authentically tame this mentoring giant; listening to a cat was her most reliable approach. The author believes mentoring is a key to self-directed education and that the TIM is an authentic self-directed learning model.