Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers
Day 6: Explain- What does a good mentor “do”?
I think that there should be two types of mentors. One who mentors a brand new teacher and one who mentors a new to the school teacher.
For the brand new teacher, the mentor should be in the same subject area and possibly the same grade. That mentor should be really involved, they should share common planning time, review lessons, be available for peer observations, and just be a lifeline for that new teacher. I think that first year is pretty stressful and if there was someone you can trust to show you what to stress over and what to let go would also be a big help.
I also think any new hire teacher should have mentor no matter how many years they have been teaching. I think this mentor should be more like a buddy who's "got your back".
This year we have a ton of new teachers especially since we have expanded K-3 grades and added an additional section to each. I know the principal keeps talking about implementing a new mentor program, but she hasn't said much about it. Whatever she decides to do, I plan on being a help to these new teachers however I can.