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    By Jennie

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    The best advice I can give you on working with your new mentee is to give her information about things you may take for granted. For example, does she know where the faculty restroom is? Can she work the copier? Does she know where the teacher supply room is located? If you don't have a supply room, how does she get needed supplies? Who does she call if she needs to be absent (for substitutes)? Get a copy of your school handbook for her and go over school policies with her. Also, get one of last year's yearbooks for her and let her look at pictures of the kids who will be in her class. This will be a great way for her to see faculty members' faces also. I have found that when mentoring it is often the little things that count. Make her a "goody" basket for those first hectic days of school. (aspirin, novelty notes, candy bars, gum, pencils, pens, other teacher items) Even giving her some ideas of a good theme to use in her classroom would be wonderful. Or help her arrange her student desks. Just knowing she has someone to talk to and who will be understanding will be great. Think back to when you were in her shoes. What did you need?

    Hope this helps!

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