Comments (22)

Comment RSS
EBD Teacher

I am a high school EBD

Was this helpful?
0

I am a high school EBD teacher. mentors are so important to a young teacher, heck any teacher. I did not have a mentor at my first teaching job, I wish the teacher mentoring program had been there. At my second job, where I have been the last five years i had teh opportunity of having a 15 year veteran. All I can say is that mentors are great!

Excited

Was this helpful?
+1

I have been talking with my director (principal) at my school about starting up a mentorship program for our school. We don't have very many teachers but when new teachers start, we often forget to tell them everything that they need to know in order to make it through each quarter. Since I work in an alternative school, we do things a little differently when it comes to giving credit to students for doing work and many other things. It would have been so helpful for those new teachers to have one person to go to to help them with everything they have questions about instead of asking numerous people.

Lisa, I loved reading your

Was this helpful?
+1

Lisa,

I loved reading your blog. I too believe that it is very important to have mentors so that the children have someone to guide them. I was always taught in college that we as educators lead by example or model the deisred behavior to our students. This is my first year teaching and I was assigned a mentor by my principal like all the other new teachers. I have been so blessed to have my mentor as a resource and feel as though I have become more successful with her guidance. If I as an adult can benefit from being someones protege the so can our children.

Adult ESL instructor at Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center

Even teachers of Adult ESL need mentoring

Was this helpful?
+1

Lisa,

First of all, thank you for writing this blog entry. It's great to read that there are caring professional educators who are more than happy to help future and in-service teachers. But its also quite scary to read some of the posts from teachers who've not been blessed with a good mentor. I think I'm one of the lucky ones.

Currently I'm in the military and finishing my M.Ed in Adult TESOL. I also teach at a local ALC. I was a volunteer for the spring 2011 semester and was asked to teach for the 2011-2012 school year. The night administrator and Resource teacher have been outstanding. They've loaded me down with various textbooks to draw my lessons from. They've also entered my class a few times and offered constructive criticism on ways I can improve student engagement, but they and the ESOL principle continually reassure me and the other two new teachers that we are doing a great job. I have to admit it was and still is quite scary, since I had never taught before. I want to be successful in helping my students learn English. Even now after 6 months of teaching I worry that my lesson plans aren't effective, or that they're too easy or too hard.
New teachers emphatically need mentors because even with their guidance the new teacher still feels like they're walking on shaky ground. A good mentor can not only help build confidence in the new teacher but can also give guidance with concrete issues, such as disruptive students or differentiation methods. Thanks for the great article and helping me realize how fortunate I have been so far in my limited teaching experience.

Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Mentoring Matters

Was this helpful?
0

Hello All! So many wonderful responses to my post, I'm very deeply touched. All of you have many good, heart felt reflections that are so critical to the issue of mentoring a new teacher. Even on more experiences teachers that may want some support as well.
Kirby: your point on supporting those who will mentor with some guidenace is a great subject. Definitely going to talk with my colleagues here to see how we might do a series.
Ms. Garcia: Love the visual of you in the classroom with you mentor. So sorry she's gone this year, but I admire your future dream to be a mentor someday.
Jenny:Love that you have such great support! So awesome!
Again ,many thanks to all of you for your wonderful feedback and personal reflections.
Cheers!

High School English Teacher from Navajo Nation

During my first year of

Was this helpful?
+1

During my first year of teaching, our school did not have a mentoring program in place. But during the first week of school, I timidly walked up to another teacher and declared in a tiny, tiny voice that I would be bothering her for the rest of the year with endless questions and possibly running into her room scared out of my wits that I was going to screw up future generations. Thankfully, she laughed and invited me in her room after school to go over my questions and concerns. She did not come back this year, however, and I feel so lost without a mentor there to help me get to the next level in teaching- not just surviving but thriving in my classroom. I can only hope that when I finally have the experience and wisdom, I will keep a hand outstretched to all the new teachers in my school.

Mentoring

Was this helpful?
0

I have been teaching in the same district for seven years. I have not had the opportunity to get guidance from a mentor. In a small school system, I was the only full-time social studies teacher. I did not have others in my department to "bounce" ideas off of. I wish I would have turned to an on-line source for this mentoring.

Mentoring

Was this helpful?
0

I have been teaching in the same district for seven years. I have not had the opportunity to get guidance from a mentor. In a small school system, I was the only full-time social studies teacher. I did not have others in my department to "bounce" ideas off of. I wish I would have turned to an on-line source for this mentoring.

Mentoring

Was this helpful?
0

I started teaching in 1987. I don't know if mentors were available back then, but I certainly could have used one. I was lost in many different areas and was constantly going to one of the other second grade teachers. Though she was helpful in some areas she was also "put out" by my constant questions. If I would have had a designated mentor I know I would have learned so much more. In addition, I would have been a lot more relaxed and I would have been able to be a better teacher.

Kindergarten teacher from MN

Having a mentor is a great

Was this helpful?
0

Having a mentor is a great experience for a beginning teacher. When  I started teaching, my mentor did her best to provide support and help with the curriculum.  I am very grateful to her for the help and time she gave me. After that, when I achieved tenure, I became a mentor myself. Sometimes, I just provided help even though I was not the mentor of so and so,just to be friendly and welcoming. I believe that experienced teachers should help less experienced ones and actually it can be a very enriching experience from both of them- experienced and new teachers alike. I have learned from both my student teachers and my mentees. We shared and exchanged ideas. Now, I cannot be an official mentor anymore because my district discontinued the program at the building level. New teachers get a mentor at the district level only.   However, I remain a mentor "on the side", providing help and support whenever I can. Regarding online mentoring, I don't believe much in it. It is great to ask questions, but face to face interactions is more enriching.

see more see less