Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed / Edition 2

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
"From establishing a new career path as a mentor to revitalizing an existing one, this book covers many basics and is a fine survey for any college-level education collection."
Kathryn Carlson
"This is the book I have been looking for to help us grow our fledgling mentorship program. Dr. Jonson has answered all our questions, from how to select and support good mentors to how to evaluate the program’s effectiveness. Her book is filled with sound research-based ideas that we can—and will—implement tomorrow!"
Kristine Parker
"Dr. Jonson’s book provides practical ideas for every mentor of new teachers. She gives concrete examples of how, when, and what to do to ensure that new teachers receive appropriate guidance in order to increase student achievement. "
Susan Gold
"All educators, administrators, and classrooms will benefit from reading Kathleen Jonson’s excellent handbook for mentor teachers. Readable, well-organized, and thorough, it contains everything a mentor teacher needs to know to establish a successful partnership with a beginning teacher."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412940627
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 604,293
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

In her 40 years as an educator, Kathleen Feeney Jonson, Professor Emeritus, has been a teacher, taught director of staff development, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and university faculty. She conducted numerous workshops for teachers and administrators on such topics as reading comprehension strategies, writing process, portfolio assessment, peer coaching, and beginning teacher assistance programs. Until her retirement in summer 2009, Jonson was professor of education and coordinator of the Master in Arts in Teaching Reading programat the University of San Francisco's School of Education. She published three books with Corwin Press, including The New Elementary Teacher's Handbook (1st edition 1997, 2nd edition 2001), Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed (1st edition 2002, 2nd edition 2007), and 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K–8 (2006).

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Table of Contents

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

References 197

Index 203

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