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ERIC Number: ED406708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Mentors in the Classroom, Not Just Someone Who Can Show You to Your Office: A Brief Summary of the Literature.
Sheeler, Kristina K. Horn
Teachers should look to mentors for leadership as they move into the 21st century. Mentors serve a valuable purpose in a discipline which is constantly on the move--not only do they provide leadership and guidance to new teachers, but the newer teachers also provide a new perspective from which the seasoned veterans can benefit. A large pool of prospective mentors should be assembled well in advance of when they will be needed, with responsibilities clearly outlined so that only those who are willing will participate. A mentor should also be a competent instructor and many of the same criteria may be used in the selection of mentors as are used in making promotion and tenure decisions, such as portfolios, evaluations, and interviews. The mentoring program should stress that the individuals develop a unique relationship and that the mentor provide assistance tailored to the needs and desires of the new instructor. Mentees have indicated five areas of desired assistance: (1) teaching style; (2) instructional strategy and teaching resource selection; (3) classroom management methods; (4) time management; and (5) on the high school level, working with parents. Mentoring relationships can improve the teaching of the new instructors, increase their desire to remain in education, ensure their continued professional development, and affect the positive development of the teaching profession. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A