ERIC Number: ED362509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Mentoring Each Other: Teacher Educators as Learners of Teaching.
Rodgers, Carol R.; And Others
In the fall of 1991, the Master of Arts in Teaching program of The School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, created a position to mentor newly arrived, full time adjunct faculty in their adjustment to a nontraditional program that operates as a community and provides experiential learning. This paper describes a group of five teacher educators coming together to learn from each other and to reflect on their own teaching. Three broad objectives of the group were to: support the professional development of all group members; increase awareness of how discussions work and increase skills at facilitating them; and increase awareness of student feedback and become more skilled at seeing, eliciting, and utilizing it. The document provides a framework for examining: the group's structure; key elements to the group's success--shared language and similar values; group skills including listening, giving feedback in nonthreatening and responsible ways, receiving feedback with equanimity, and remaining open; shared decision making; administrative support; the mentor's role; the evolution of the group; and questions, concerns; and future directions. An appendix provides an example of a journal entry. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reflection Process; School for International Training VT
Note: Paper presented at the International Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference (Atlanta, GA, May 27, 1993).