Mentoring Mentorship Mentoring is an on-going relationship that extends throughout the first year of a new teacher’s professional practice. Mentors are the vehicles to connect with other professionals and resources. They connect the new teachers with other professionals in the learning community. Mentors provide the on-going support to enable new teachers to improve their skills and confidence. ➢ ➢ ➢
Trust and rapport are essential for the mentor- new teacher relationship to thrive and flourish Effective mentors adopt a variety of roles based on the needs of the new teacher Mentors reflect continuous learning
Choosing a Mentor Working with the right mentor will provide you with access to invaluable expertise and welcome support during your challenging, but rewarding first year of teaching. Most successful teachers speak of mentors they had in their first few years of teaching. Many still have mentors and all good teachers continue to develop professional relationships for collaborative learning. When you are considering your options for a mentor, be open to possibilities. Your ideal mentor may or may not be of the same gender, age, race, faith or orientation as you. Remember that your mentor will not be involved in evaluating you in any way and that your professional interactions will remain confidential.
Published on Jan 31, 2012