Based on the author's personal experience as a beginning teacher, this blog post sets out three of the key roles of teaching mentors. It particularly emphasizes the need for mentors to act as confidants, observers and confidence builders as they are working with mentees in a pivotal time in their career where many have experienced immense change and consequently feel a high level of vulnerability.
Some teachers after having jumped the hurdle of being a beginning teacher, find themselves with an itch to do something more. This article encourages such teachers to share their expertise by mentoring a beginning teacher. It also reminds teachers of the invaluable skills they have learned through their teaching experience, outlining steps one can take towards becoming a mentor.
This clip is a collection of mini teaching segments coupled with professional dialogues between teaching mentors and their mentorees. It models how a mentor can ask the right questions that will allow their mentoree to reflect upon their teaching practice and develop strategies and alternative ways of approaching concepts. It also highlights the importance of the mentoring role and the impact it can have on beginning teachers.
This website contains a quiz to get mentors thinking about the types of practical advice they will give to their beginning teachers. Not only does it contain questions to do with behavior management, but it also looks at issues relating to morale, staff culture, and organization.
Without a doubt, good mentorship must be built upon solid relationships. This article offers mentors a number of very practical keys to enhance their mentoree's experience. The writer draws upon the real-life experiences of a number of mentor teachers, giving her advice credibility. The article also includes keys to assist beginning teachers in drawing more out of their mentoring experience.