The Good Teacher Mentor: Setting the Standard for Support and Success

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As districts across the country struggle to find and retain qualified teachers, more and more schools are turning to mentoring as a solution. Data suggest that mentors not only guide and orient new teachers, but also help to keep them in the profession. But what makes mentoring successful? This book is a rare, behind-the-scenes view of mentoring that lays bare the actions of both partners and shows how mentoring actually works in an urban public middle school. Follow the experience of Trubowitz (an education professor emeritus) and Robins (a first-year teacher) as they tackle everything from classroom management to the politics of paperwork. Their story, told in two voices, describes the day-to-day flow of events in such a way that readers feel the satisfactions, the frustrations, and the sense of fulfillment that are all part of becoming a teacher. Beyond supporting new teachers, mentor programs also give veteran teachers a chance to pass on their valuable experience and to reflect on their own practice. This volume also includes checklists for good mentoring and suggestions for improvement and future learning.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807743874
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Starting the Mentorship 7
Ch. 2 First Sessions, First Reactions 20
Ch. 3 In the Classroom: Trying Methods from a Book 33
Ch. 4 The Lesson That Fails 49
Ch. 5 Integrating the Academic with the Personal 57
Ch. 6 Other Teachers, Administrators, and the School's Social System 62
Ch. 7 Job Pressures 71
Ch. 8 Relating to Parents 77
Ch. 9 The Standarized Test 88
Ch. 10 The End of the Year 95
Ch. 11 What We've Learned 103
App. A Sid's Checklist for Mentors 115
App. B Maureen's List of Do's and Don'ts for Mentors 117
App. C Maureen's List of Do's and Don'ts for Mentees 119
References 121
Suggested Readings 123
Index 129
About the Authors 134
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