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A skilled mentor can make a major difference in helping novice teachers succeed and thrive during that all-important first year. This updated edition of the best-selling book Being an Effective Mentor strengthens practicing mentors' skills with updated strategies to help proteges develop confidence and expertise as teachers.
Educator and mentoring expert Kathleen Feeney Jonson identifies the skills and experiences that nurture beginning teachers and provides specific, research-based techniques for mentors, such as demonstration teaching, positive observation and feedback, informal communication, role modeling, and providing direct assistance. Readers will find guidance for using reflections to promote discovery, an action plan for professional development, and month-by-month mentoring activities for building productive mentor/mentee relationships and promoting best teaching practices.
This second edition demonstrates how to help new instructors improve instructional, interpersonal, and coping skills; examines the components of successful mentoring initiatives; and offers new information on The stages of teacher needs and development, Professional growth for long-term teaching success, Assessment of student work, Working with difficult mentees, The role of mentors within teacher induction programs.
This straightforward resource helps mentors guide beginning teachers on a rewarding and satisfying path of careerlong development and offers invaluable assistance for administrators who plan to establish a mentoring program or revitalize an existing one.
Pt. I Setting the Stage for the Teacher-Mentor 1
1 Passing the Torch 3
2 Setup for Success 15
3 Remembering the First Days 37
4 Beyond Survival 53
5 Moving Toward Professionalism 79
Pt. II Effective Strategies for the Good Mentor 95
6 Working as a Partner With the Adult Learner 97
7 Stages in Teacher Development 115
8 Practical Strategies for Assisting New Teachers 123
9 Overcoming Obstacles and Reaping the Rewards 153
Pt. III Putting It All Together 167
Month-by-Month Mentoring Activities 169
Year-a-Glance Checklist 177
App. A First-Day Checklist 181
App. B Mentor-Mentee Action Plans 185
App. C Supervisory Beliefs Inventory 191