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Saturday, October 24, 2015

8 Tips on Becoming (or Finding) a Truly Great Teaching Mentor by Samantha Cleaver

Read this article to discover the most effective ways to get better at mentoring, or, if you’re a new teacher, how to ask for the help you need.
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Samantha Cleaver, has worked as a special education teacher and instructional coach, as well as an education writer and middle grade author writes, "Being a teaching mentor is an incredible chance to make a difference. You can make a new educator’s transition into a multifaceted and truly effective professional better and easier. And you help a whole class of children (besides your own!) have a successful year."

Mentoring is not always easy. What works for one teacher might not  work for another. Well-intended criticism can easily sound a lot like negative criticism. But there are ways to get better at mentoring, and if you’re a new teacher, there are things you can do to ask for the help you need.

Deb Bowles, a teacher mentor who works for the Great Books Foundation, remembers working with Elsa, a fifth-grade teacher in New York. Elsa had a large class and was struggling to engage all of her students in discussion.

“She was so critical of herself. I just kept telling her that it’s a process and she would get there and so would her students,” said Bowles, who mentors around the Shared Inquiry™ method of learning.

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The educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler established the Great Books Foundation in 1947, after many years of leading Great Books seminars at the University of Chicago. Their purpose was to expand opportunities for people to read and talk about the significant works of the Western intellectual tradition. To help explore, interpret, and evaluate the complex and challenging ideas in these works, the Great Books Foundation developed a discussion method known as Shared Inquiry.™ 
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Our how-to videos will help existing Great Books groups brush up on discussion skills, and introduce new participants to the benefits of using Shared Inquiry. 

Source: Education Week and The Great Books Foundation