Mentoring Early Childhood Educators: A Handbook for Supervisors, Administrators and Teachers

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This book is a tour-de-force, deceptively simple and yet breathtaking in its scope.
- Mary Eames Ucci, Educational Director, Wellesley College Child Study Center
The first few months in the classroom are a combination of on-the-job training and rite of passage, a time when novice teachers need someone to show them the ropes and be there to answer the tough questions. But if you are a teacher's mentor or supervisor, your task isn't as simple as it seems. What is the best way for you and your teaching community to propel a new teacher into a joyful, engaging career in the classroom?

In Mentoring Early Childhood Educators, Carol Hillman shares an innovative, collaborative supervisory model that gives preservice and novice teachers the opportunity to discover what real classrooms look and feel like while they develop the skills and thoughtfulness to work through both everyday issues and the more difficult problems of practice. From your first meeting with a new teacher to end-of-year goodbyes, Hillman's program supports quality teaching and offers proven strategies that show you:

  • what to look for during classroom observations
  • when to communicate suggestions, ideas, and strategies-and how to do so without criticizing
  • how to handle difficulties between mentor and novice
  • how to coordinate supervision to deepen and broaden the experience for the new teacher.
In addition to carefully explaining her supervisory model, Hillman offers strategies for implementing it, sample observations and journal responses, and many useful forms for the cooperating teacher. Read Mentoring Early Childhood Educators - it will give you a rock-solid program for not only introducing new teachers into the profession, but also making the time a professional learning experience for you.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008837
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,372,319
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol B. Hillman spent more than twenty years in the classroom and has been an educational consultant, an adjunct professor of early childhood education at Westchester Community College, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Bank Street College of Education. She lives part time in western Massachusetts, where she cares for hundred-year-old McIntosh trees and produces sun-cooked strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry preserves. She is the author of two previous books: Teaching Four Year Olds (1989) and Before the School Bell Rings (1995).
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Table of Contents

1 The role of the supervisor 1
2 Great expectations - enter ... the students 12
3 What to listen and look for in the learning environment 29
4 Facilitating student learning 47
5 Handling the challenging issues 69
6 Finding a balance 80
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