ERIC Number: ED413311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Single Best Thing: Mentoring Beginning Teachers. A Manual for Program Designers and Participants.
Zetler, Alan; Spuhler, Lee
This self-help manual provides information to districts and schools wishing to investigate or implement a beginning teacher mentoring support program. The manual describes one model of mentoring, the Beginning Teacher Support Program, that was researched in Montana schools from 1992-1995. Chapter 1 introduces the purpose and organization of the manual. Chapter 2 discusses essential components of mentoring, such as staff/community involvement, board approval, administrative support, and program evaluation. Chapter 3 highlights administrator issues, including staff/community involvement, school board validation, program administration, new teacher involvement, ongoing responsibilities, and program evaluation. Chapter 4 explains the mentor's role, discussing how mentors are selected, length of their involvement, incentives to participate, communication skills, mentor qualities, reflective questioning, and mentor-mentee interaction. Chapter 5 discusses the beginning teacher mentee, noting the benefits of context knowledge, other mentoring benefits, and the formalized mentor-mentee relationship. The seven appendixes offer: (1) references; (2) a list of available handbooks, guides, and reports; (3) sample administrative letters; (4) questions to facilitate reflective thinking; (5) a checklist for starting the school year; (6) a list of participants in the Montana Beginning Teacher Support Program; and (7) address list for the program Steering Committee. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Interpersonal Relationship, Mentors, Program Administration, Program Development, Teacher Role, Teaching Experience
Montana Certification Standards and Practices Advisory Council, 2500 Broadway, Helena, MT 59620; phone: 406-444-6576.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Montana State Board of Education, Helena.