Being Mentored: A Guide for Proteges

Being Mentored: A Guide for Proteges

by Hal Portner



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761945529
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 06/05/2002
Series: One-Off Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Hal Portner is a former K-12 teacher and administrator. He was assistant director of the Summer Math Program for High School Women and Their Teachers at Mount Holyoke College, and for 24 years he was a teacher and then administrator in two Connecticut public school districts. From 1985 to 1995, he was a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Certification and Professional Development, where, among other responsibilities, he served as coordinator of the Connecticut Institute for Teaching and Learning and worked closely with school districts to develop and carry out professional development and teacher evaluation plans and programs. Hal developed and teaches for Western New England University a 3 credit MEd in Curriculum and Instruction online core course in Mentoring, Coaching, and professional development.

Portner writes, develops materials, trains mentors, facilitates the development of new teacher and peer-mentoring programs, and consults for school districts and other educational organizations and institutions. In addition to Mentoring New Teachers, he is the author of Training Mentors Is Not Enough: Everything Else Schools and Districts Need to Do (2001), Being Mentored: A Guide for Protégés (2002), Workshops that Really Work: The ABCs of Designing and Delivering Sensational Presentations (2005), and editor of Teacher Mentoring and Induction: The State of the Art and Beyond (2005) – all published by Corwin Press. He holds an MEd from the University of Michigan and a 6th-year Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in education admin­istration from the University of Connecticut. For three years, he was with the University of Massachusetts Ed D Educational Leadership Program.

Table of Contents

Who Should Read This Bookvii
Overview of the Contentsviii
About the Authorxiii
Take the Initiative5
Developing the Relationship Takes Time6
Earn and Keep Your Mentor's Trust7
Clarify Communication8
2.Take Responsibility13
Don't Wait, Instigate14
Feedback and How to Receive It15
When to Give Feedback15
Mismatched Mentoring Relationships16
Responsibility to Yourself17
Responsibility to Others18
Get to Know Your Principal18
Clarify Ground Rules Early19
Be an Objective Observer21
What to Observe22
Expand Your View23
Don't Imitate, Create24
Whom to Ask26
Where to Ask27
How to Ask27
What to Ask For28
Why Ask?30
5.Chart Your Course33
Find Out What You Don't Know33
Set Priorities36
Identify Resources37
The Power of Planning38
Support From Collegial Groups40
Guidelines for Support and Discussion Groups42
Networking on the Internet43
Working With College and University Professors and Cohorts43
7.Take Informed Risks45
Look Before You Leap46
Should You or Shouldn't You?47
Help the Risk Succeed48
Risk With Conviction48
Keep a Professional Learning Journal52
Guided Reflection55
Focused Reflection56
9.Give Back58
Leave a Legacy58
Be a Change Agent59
Experienced Newcomers61
The Gift of Renewal61
Resource AInternet Sites and Publications for New Teachers63
On the Internet63
Books and Articles64
Resource BProfessional Education Organizations and Their Web Pages69
Resource CChatboard Exchange on the Internet71

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