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ERIC Number: ED447073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-6
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Teachers as Mentors.
Ford, Dawn; Parsons, Jim
This paper describes the importance of teachers mentoring one another, exploring what mentorship means and reviewing literature that examines its different stages, benefits, and pitfalls. After presenting two teachers' stories of being mentored, the paper describes mentoring relationships, then highlights the stages of mentoring: invitation stage, when beginning teachers are introduced to veteran teachers; sparkle stage, when mentors and proteges try to please each other; knowing stage, when mentors and proteges begin to learn about one another; action stage, when work gets done; emancipation stage, which is the beginning of letting go; and transformation stage, when mentors and proteges redefine their relationship. The paper examines benefits of mentoring, which include feelings of rejuvenation for mentors and exposure to experts' thoughts and ideas for proteges. Pitfalls of mentoring include mutual dependence that can be hard to break and an expectation by mentors that their proteges become virtual reproductions of them. Twelve qualities of good mentors include: having sincere interest in their proteges as human beings; being other-centered; believing in inclusivity; and being dynamic. Ten qualities of good proteges include: considering hope and optimism; being open to continuous learning; being able to let go; and valuing humor. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A