Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed

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SAGE Publications, May 17, 2002 - Education - 178 pages
This guide is designed to help mentor teachers develop effective mentoring strategies, discussing how to provide direct assistance, demonstration teaching, observation, and feedback, informal contact, and role modeling. It offers monthly listings of activities designed to promote interaction between mentors and proteges that correspond to activities and events occurring in a typical school year. The eight chapters are: (1) "Passing the Torch" (how mentoring programs help beginning teachers); (2) "Setting Up for Success" (elements of effective programs); (3) "Remembering the First Days" (guiding beginning teachers through the first days); (4) "Getting Off to a Good Start" (building teaching, interpersonal, and coping skills); (5) "Strategies for Mentoring" (interacting with beginning teachers: observations, feedback, and assistance); (6) "Working as a Partner With the Adult Learner" (e.g., learning to trust and the importance of reflection); (7) "Why Be a Mentor? The Pitfalls and Payoffs"; and (8) "Putting it All Together" (month-by-month mentoring activities and year-at-a-glance checklist). Five additional resources include a mentor-mentee action plans, a framework of teaching competencies, teachers' developmental stages, a first-day checklist, and a supervisory beliefs inventory. (Contains 102 references.) (SM)

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About the author (2002)

In her 40 years as an educator, Kathleen Feeney Jonson, Professor Emeritus, has been a teacher, taught director of staff development, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and university faculty. She conducted numerous workshops for teachers and administrators on such topics as reading comprehension strategies, writing process, portfolio assessment, peer coaching, and beginning teacher assistance programs. Until her retirement in summer 2009, Jonson was professor of education and coordinator of the Master in Arts in Teaching Reading program at the University of San Francisco's School of Education. She published three books with Corwin Press, including The New Elementary Teacher's Handbook (1st edition 1997, 2nd edition 2001), Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed (1st edition 2002, 2nd edition 2007), and 60 Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension in Grades K–8 (2006).

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