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    my mentor
    By phoebe611

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    I was in a strange situation last year. I was new to public school, but had more years of teaching experience than my mentor. So, because of that I think my mentor was hesitant to mentor to me.

    What I needed was help on public school life and that district's procedures rather than help wih teaching in general. So, from my experience, Just BE THERE!!! Be an ear for her; a sounding board; a friend. That means the most anyway since all the rest will come with time. Oh, one thing that was REALLY wonderful for me in my last job (private school). We had team or teaching partners. One teacher taught 3 subjects, the other teacher taught the other 3. Anyway, my first day of school there my "mentor" partner teacher had a goodie bag of stickers, post-its, chocolate, etc., and I have never forgotten how special that made me feel - and that was years ago. Do something small, but special to make her feel welcome.

    You are very kind to be thinking of her and helping out! Good luck to you both! :s)

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