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ERIC Number: ED413311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Pages: 90
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montana State Board of Education, Helena.