ERIC Number: ED378687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
The Principal's Role in Mentoring.
Bercik, Janet T.
Streamlined Seminar, v13 n3 Dec 1994
This document describes the principal's role in supervising a teacher mentoring program. It provides tips for guiding mentors and describes the characteristics of a good mentor. For example, mentors working with a novice should focus on three areas--the classroom, emotional support, and practical applications. Three styles of mentoring include acting as a responder, colleague, or initiator. Guidelines for pairing mentors with proteges are offered, which focus on recognizing these important characteristics of a good mentoring relationship: (1) similar values about achievement; (2) complementary skills and knowledge; (3) the mentor's experience level; (4) the mentor's willingness to share information; and (5) the willingness of both parties to listen and ask questions. In conclusion, mentoring involves many skills--knowing when and how to work with a new colleague, who should mentor, and how much mentoring is enough. The key, for the principal, is to act as a team builder and to maximize the mentor's effectiveness. (LMI)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Beginning Teacher Induction, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Interprofessional Relationship, Mentors, Principals, Professional Development, Teacher Supervision
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50; 10 or more, $2 each; Virginia residents add 4.5% sales tax).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.