ERIC Number: EJ856335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Mentoring Matters: Working with Student Teachers
McCann, Thomas M., Ed.; Johannessen, Larry, Ed.
English Journal, v99 n1 p114-117 Sep 2009
This article presents the story and reflection of Jennifer Ritter who shares two critical elements in the process of induction into the world of teaching English. She reminds teachers that the matching of student teacher and cooperating teacher is seldom the result of the extended scrutiny of the attributes of the prospective teacher and the characteristics of the mentor. More common is the placement of the student teacher with any available experienced teacher who is willing to mentor and who recognizes the need to provide strong support to continue to enrich the professional ranks of English teachers. In Jennifer's reflection, a fairly familiar situation can be seen when the prospective teacher raises some doubts that might initially suggest the necessity to counsel the candidate into another profession. But doubt defines the condition of the beginning teacher, and it is not easy to predict with certainty whether someone will be a highly competent teacher or a dismal failure.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Mentors, English Teachers, Cooperating Teachers, English Instruction, Personal Narratives, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Responsibility, Lesson Plans, Planning, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Family School Relationship, Reflection, Middle School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
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