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    Mentors
    By Helen

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    Our mentor teachers must be trained and certified.
    We get paid a small stipend for the first two years we are mentoring an ILP.
    First, we are responsible for greeting the new teacher, showing them around the school, introducing them to faculty and staff, where supplies are kept, how to requisition them, where the textbooks are stored and how to get them, being sure that they have what they need (copy of the curriculum they are expected to teach etc.),offer to plan together if you are the same grade level etc. or to help them with their plans...we are expected to observe their classes occassionally and to listen to their vents, problems etc. We do not necessarily tell them that they are doing something wrong (teaching) but use questions to bring them to evaluate their own presentation, We are expected to help them to get their product ready (NC requires a portfolio at the end of the second year)and their videos.
    We are to help them to get assistance if we do not know the answers to their questions...
    I could go on, but that is our state's set up. Our ILP's go through very much what more experienced teachers do when they do National Boards!
    Hope this does not scare you.....maybe your principal/system has something quite different in mind....Just ask for clarification/guidelines!


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