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Have you been asked to mentor a new teacher? What do you do? What do new teachers need to know? Here's some tips that may help you. Some tips repeat but new ideas are also found among the posts. Good luck with this rewarding challenge!!
Mentors
Posted by:Helen #43735

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...

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Mentoring
Posted by:Jennie #43721

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...

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mentor
Posted by:sandy #43722

One thing my mentor did for me (and I have tried to do for others when I mentored) was very helpful. Whenever you are dealing with office paperwork, setting up your grade book, ordering, planning a field trip, preparing for report cards, etc. just stop by her room and say, "I was just going to set up my grade book (or whatever) and I was wondering if you needed help with that or would like to see mine?" You might ask her how she's going to do something or if she's thought about how she'll handle something to give her a chance to think and talk through some issues with you. The problem is we get so busy in our classrooms that we don't think of all of the new things that keep bombarding a new teacher. Just as you set up your own classroom or prepare lesson...

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mentoring
Posted by:ABC123 #52395

Mentoring has nothing to do with handing over all your lessons/units! They are trying to take advantage of you. Mentoring is showing them around, sharing ideas, and giving helpful advice (being a support person). You might pop into their room time to time to see how things are going. It should not be give me, give me, give me! Are you in the same grade level? If so, do you plan together? This should be the time to see who wants to do what, and what materials are needed. If you are in different grade levels, then they shouldn't be coming to you about giving them your stuff. Surely they weren't telling you they need you to run off copies of the worksheet (maybe just borrowing the original to make their own??) If you are different grade levels, take time when you have a minute or two to pop in and...

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Connect with one mentor teacher
Posted by:Suz #76428

I found it very helpful to have a mentor teacher. We did almost of all our communicating through e-mail. My district very spead out so she was actually at another school.

I appreciated her advice on how to prep for standardized test, Parent teacher conferences even how to organize my lessons and other important info in a big three ring binder. We were teaching the same grade so she also sent unit and lesson ideas that worked for her.
It was nice to have someone to bounce ideas of of.
A couple of things I wish she could have helped me with
*passwords to get unlock classroom phones--couldn't get messages for the first quarter.
*school security systems--I did set the alarm off my first weekend working
*I wish that she would have been able to show me how to use the on line...

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Mentor teacher
Posted by:Kris #45322

I was also a mentor this past year and I found that meeting once a week was greatly beneficial! We would meet to plan, discuss problems and ideas. We always met on the same day right after school-easier to remember that way. It was a great experience! I really enjoyed working together and sharing ideas. I went at it from the angle of a collaborator, and that really worked.

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my mentor
Posted by:phoebe611 #123695

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...

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I'm so glad you asked!
Posted by:Jamie #19941

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I am a new teacher this year, and I have been hoping that someone would ask the questions you posed! It has been extremely frustrating to try to figure all this new stuff out on my own. As a new teacher, I would have liked a packet of info that led me through the preparations necessary for beginning the year. For example, I was not made aware of the need to post a student supply list. I also would have liked help with ordering supplies and a mentor supplied BEFORE school started to help me sort through curriculum and to help me sort through district policies and requirements.
Now that I have made it through the first week, my biggest questions lie in the areas of curriculum and record keeping. I would like my mentor to plan with me for the first several weeks so that I know my lessons are on the...

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Mentor book
Posted by:Kimberly #57785

Great idea. I did a mini-one for several new teachers we got in the same year.

Who do you ask when you need... supplies, a custodian, help with something.

Lunch count, going to lunch, what if a child forgets his lunch procedures

Setting up and maintaining a gradebook

Dismissal procedures

Recess

Lesson plan helps

Making copies--can you make your own, do you turn it in to someone? etc..

Getting supplies needed

Field trips

Creating a substitute folder and what to include in it

What you can and cannot say to a parent

Retention procedures

Where to go if you have questions about any of the contents of the book

Class parties (our school has to all do the exact same thing at the same time)

The gradebook was a big deal for our new...

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