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

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Effective mentoring requires planned and mindful attention to the ways in which one's knowledge, skills, and experience can be passed on to new teachers. Stressing the importance of deep reflection on one's mentoring practice, the award-winning authors offer eight models/metaphors that mentors can customize to meet the individual needs of their mentees. Proven strategies and real-life stories help teacher educators, trainers, and mentors to: Meet the diverse needs of mentor/mentee relationships, Develop helpful mentoring tools, Continue to reflect, learn, and grow as mentors. This resource is sure to inspire fresh insights and critical conversation among all mentors committed to professional growth for themselves and their fellow teachers.
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Editorial Reviews

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."
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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412938631
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/19/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • 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   Jeffrey Glanz     ix
Preface     xv
Acknowledgments     xxi
About the Authors     xxv
Reflecting on Your Mentoring Practice: The Story of My Mother's Gravy     1
Why Is Mentoring So Important?     2
How Do You Enhance Your Mentoring Skills?     6
Why Is It Important to Be Reflective About One's Mentoring?     6
Exercises     11
Exploring the Complexity of Mentoring: What It Takes to Be an Effective Mentor     13
Creating an Educative Mentoring Context     16
Guiding a Mentee's Professional Knowledge Development     18
Nurturing the Development of a Mentee's Professional Dispositions     23
Summary     27
Exercises     30
Mentor as Story-Weaver: The Case of Darby   Darby Claire Delane     31
The Mentor     31
The Mentee     32
The Context     33
The Metaphor: A Story-Weaver     35
A Glimpse of Darby, Esteban, and the Story-Weaver Metaphor in Action     36
Summary     41
For Discussion     42
Mentor as Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast: The Case of Kevin   Kevin Berry     43
TheMentor     43
The Mentees     44
The Context     45
The Metaphor: A Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast     45
A Glimpse of Kevin, Tina, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action     46
A Glimpse of Kevin, Joseph, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action     48
A Glimpse of Kevin, Margaret, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action     50
A Glimpse of Kevin, Crystal, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action     52
Summary     55
For Discussion     55
Mentor as Tailor: The Case of Robin   Jennifer Jacobs     57
The Mentor     57
The Mentee     58
The Context     58
The Metaphor: A Tailor     59
A Glimpse at Robin, Diane, and the Tailor Metaphor in Action     60
Summary     64
For Discussion     64
Mentor as Coach: The Case of Tracy   Tracy Norman     67
The Mentor     67
The Mentee     68
The Context     69
The Metaphor: A Coach     70
A Glimpse of Tracy, Jen, and the Coach Metaphor in Action     71
Summary     75
For Discussion      76
Mentor as Mirror: The Case of Claudia     77
The Mentor     77
The Mentee     78
The Context     78
The Metaphor: A Mirror     79
A Glimpse of Claudia, Julia, and the Mirror Metaphor in Action     79
Summary     86
For Discussion     86
Mentor as Interior Designer: The Case of Paige   Angela Gregory     89
The Mentor     89
The Mentee     90
The Context     91
The Metaphor: An Interior Designer     91
A Glimpse of Paige, Yolanda, and the Interior Design Metaphor in Action     92
Summary     98
For Discussion     99
Mentor as Real Estate Agent: The Case of Wesley     101
The Mentor     101
The Mentees     102
The Context     103
The Metaphor: A Real Estate Agent     103
A Glimpse of Wesley, His Mentees, and the Real Estate Agent Metaphor in Action     104
Summary     110
For Discussion     110
Reflecting on Your Mentoring Practice: The Story of the Artist     113
Building a Mentor's Pedagogical Toolbox     115
How You Continue Learning and Growing as a Mentor     117
Exercises     127
References     129
Index     133
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