The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor / Edition 1

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Overview

Mentors will discover strategies for meeting the diverse needs of their mentor/mentee relationships, developing useful mentoring tools, and continuing to learn and grow professionally.

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Editorial Reviews

Hal Portner
"Contributes to the growing richness of mentoring literature by using metaphor to connect the reader in a personal way with the intricacies of mentoring—a powerful catalyst for reflection. "
Tom Ganser
"Very appropriate in mentoring programs that provide ongoing support for mentors. Sets the stage for the reader with a thoughtful, proactive context for carrying on the work of mentoring."
Debra Pitton
"Mentors who read this book will be challenged to see themselves within the stories. What the text does so well isenable mentors to deeply consider their role and how they live this role within their interactions with new teachers."
Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews
"A useful tool in thinking about how best an individual might approach mentoring. In the act of being reflective, a mentor gains the tools needed to guide a new teacher through a complex system of creating an educative-mentoring context, cultivating the dispositions of a successful educator, and guiding a mentee's professional knowledge development. "
Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews
"A useful tool in thinking about how best an individual might approach mentoring. In the act of being reflective, a mentor gains the tools needed to guide a new teacher through a complex system of creating an educative-mentoring context, cultivating the dispositions of a successful educator, and guiding a mentee's professional knowledge development."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412938631
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/9/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 692,600
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press.

Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey Glanz
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
1. Reflecting On Your Mentoring Practice: The Story of My Mother’s Gravy
Why Is Mentoring So Important?
How Do You Enhance Your Mentoring Skills?
Why Is It Important to Be Reflective About One’s Mentoring?
Chapter 1 Exercises
2. Exploring the Complexity of Mentoring: What it Takes to Be an Effective Mentor
Creating an Educative Mentoring Context
Guiding a Mentee’s Professional Knowledge Development
Nurturing the Development of a Mentee’s Professional Dispositions
Summary
Chapter 2 Exercises
3. Mentor as Story Weaver: The Case of Darby With Darby Claire Delane
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: A Story Weaver
A Glimpse of Darby, Esteban, and the Story Weaver Metaphor in Action
Summary
For Discussion
4. Mentor as Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast: The Case of Kevin With Kevin Berry
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: A Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast
A Glimpse of Kevin, Tina, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action
A Glimpse of Kevin, Joseph, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action
A Glimpse of Kevin, Margaret, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action
A Glimpse of Kevin, Crystal, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action
Summary
5. Mentor as Tailor: The Case of Robin With Jennifer Jacobs
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: A Tailor
A Glimpse of Robin, Diane, and the Tailor Metaphor in Action
Summary
For Discussion
6. Mentor as Coach: The Case of Tracy With Tracy Norman
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: A Coach
A Glimpse of Tracy, Jen, and the Coach Metaphor in Action
Summary
For Discussion
7. Mentor as Mirror: The Case of Claudia
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: A Mirror
A Glimpse of Claudia, Julia, and the Mirror Metaphor in Action
For Discussion
8. Mentor as Interior Designer: The Case of Paige With Angela Gregory
The Mentor
The Mentee
The Context
The Metaphor: An Interior Designer
A Glimpse of Paige, Yolanda, and the Interior Design Metaphor in Action
Summary
For Discusson
9. Mentor as Real Estate Agent: The Case of Wesley
The Mentor
The Mentees
The Context
The Metaphor: A Real Estate Agent
A Glimpse of Wesley, His Mentees, and the Real Estate Agent Metaphor in Action
Summary
For Discussion
10. Reflecting on a Mentoring Practice: The Story of the Artist
Building a Mentor’s Pedagogical Toolbox
How You Continue Learning and Growing as a Mentor
Chapter 10 Exercises
References
Index

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