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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Source: Education Week and The Great Books Foundation