What to Consider when Selecting Your Mentor: Your mentor must be a Member of the Ontario College of Teachers. Selecting an experienced teacher to serve as your mentor will be one of the most crucial initial steps that you will take as you undertake your teaching profession. Your principal may be able to recommend an experienced teacher who will serve as your mentor, or you may have knowledge of a teacher from your own networking sources. If possible, your ideal mentor will be in your own school and in your own division or subject area so that daily, weekly or impromptu discussions can take place. If it is at all possible, the selection of your mentor should enable you to meet regularly. When choosing a mentor ask yourself these questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
What do I need to know and from whom can I learn? Is there someone whom I admire or wish to emulate? With whom do I feel comfortable? Who is supportive? Whom do I respect?
By considering these questions you will likely find a mentor who will be able to guide you through a successful first year and beyond. Your mentor will be a facilitator and a support. He or she should not tell you what to do. Don’t agree to work with a mentor whom you haven’t first met. If you do not feel comfortable with him or her in your first meeting, keep looking–there is a suitable mentor for you.
Published on Jan 31, 2012