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Mentoring in Action A Month-by-Month Curriculum for Mentors and Their New Teachers

ISBN-10: 0205438989
ISBN-13: 9780205438983
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $64.40
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/22/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This one-of-a-kind resource walks new teachers and their mentors through a full year of exercises addressing everything from lesson planning to behavior management. Mentoring is one of the fastest-growing areas of teacher development. It is essential to teacher retention in an age of teacher shortages and teacher recruitment. It contains a month-by-month guide for both mentors and new teachers. It includes numerous forms and practical tips for creating effective mentoring meetings for both the new teacher and the student teacher. The book outlines how to identify and discuss difficult issues as mentors and new teachers work together. It also includes essential classroom management and discipline ideas for beginners.

Preface
Introduction: A Letter to the Readers
Inducting a New Teacher into the Teaching Profession
Components of a High-Quality Induction Program
What is Induction?
A Plan for Induction
Resources
Orientations
Mentoring
Professional Development
Evaluation
The Role of the Mentor
What Should a Mentor Strive For?
Expanding the One-to-One Model of Mentoring
Differentiated Mentoring
Five Principles for Effective Mentoring
Acknowledging Who You Are and What You Bring to the Mentoring Experience
Building Relationships with New Teachers
Creating Opportunities for Quality Conversations
Participating in Ongoing Reflection
Maintaining a Professional Community of Learners
Mentoring In Action? What Does That Mean?
Month-by-Month Mentoring: A Guide to Quality Discussions between Mentors and New Teachers
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?
A Month-by-Month Timeline for Mentoring
Plan
Connect
Act
Reflect
Set Goals
August: Orientation to the School and Community: Space, Procedures, Resources, Values, and Culture
Plan Agendas and Schedule Meetings
Connect with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
Activities: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
What Do You Bring to the Mentoring Experience?
Before You Meet Your New Teachers
Getting to Know Your New Teachers' Expectations
What Do New Teachers Bring to Teaching?
Orientation to the School and District: Meeting Important People
Orientation to the Students and Their Families in the Community
Goals and Expectations for the Mentoring Experience
Creating a Survival Packet: What New Teachers Need to Know Now!
How New Teachers Can Get the Most out of Being Mentored
Other Support Systems for New Teachers: University Connections
The First Days and Weeks of School
District Evaluation and Support Sessions for Teacher Induction
Reflect on This Month's Discussions
Set Goals for Next Month
September: Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom
Plan Agendas and Schedule Meetings
Connect with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
Activities: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Creating a Community of Learners in Your Classroom
Getting to Know the Students
Creating a Classroom Profile
Learning about Learning Styles
Establishing Routines
Rules, Rewards, and Consequences
First Month of School Issues
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
New Teacher Needs
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
October: Teaching for Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Creating the Lesson Plan
Planning for Understanding
What Should the Students Know and Be Able to Do?
Engaging Students in Meaningful Learning Experiences
Pacing a Lesson
Organizing a Lesson
Designing a Unit
A Unit Organizer
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
November: Assessing Diverse Learners: How Do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
How Are Students Assessed and Evaluated?
Linking Lesson Plans to Assessment
Tapping into Students' Prior Knowledge
A Variety of Ways to Observe Student Learning
What Should Students Know and Be Able to Do?
Formative and Summative Assessments
Using Rubrics and Portfolios to Assess Performance
Progress Documentation and Record Keeping Strategies
Can Students Monitor Their Own Progress?
Communicating with Students about Their Progress
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
December: Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Revisiting Behavior Management
Keeping Special Needs Students Engaged in Learning
Avoiding Common Problems and Keeping Students Interested
When Is It Time to Seek Additional Support?
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
January: Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Looking Back
Moving Forward
What Do I Believe?
Constructing a Sociogram
Using Drawings to Gain Student Perspective
Social Activities and a Sense of Humor!
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
February: Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Using Varied Teaching Strategies
Giving Students Choices to Enhance Learning
Homework and Opportunities for Enrichment
How Much Time?
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
March: Collaborating with New Teachers: Observing and Building a Trusting Relationship
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Ways to Provide Feedback
Preconference Conversation Is a Must
Observing a New Teacher
Preparing a New Teacher for a Principal Observation
Connecting New Teachers to Professional Organizations
Connecting New Teachers to Community Resources
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
April: Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Relating Classroom Curriculum to District Standards
TTT versus STT (Teacher Talking Time versus Student Talking Time)
Relating Standards to Real Life
Observing an Individual Student
Observing a Small Group
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
New Teacher Needs
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
May: Assessing Students' Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Assessing Students' Progress
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio
New Teacher Needs
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Month
June: Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room
PLAN Agendas and Schedule Meetings
CONNECT with People, Readings, Professional Associations, Resources, and Technology
ACTIVITIES: Select Topics for Quality Discussions
Closing Procedures and Paperwork
Videotaping
A Letter to Myself
A Letter to Future First-Year Teachers
A Letter to Students and Parents
A Letter to the Mentor
Classroom and Behavior Management Issues
Looking at Student Work
Communicating with Parents
Observing New Teachers
Preparing a Professional Portfolio: Table of Contents
Sharing the Professional Portfolio
New Teacher Needs
REFLECT on This Month's Discussions
SET GOALS for Next Year
Final Evaluation
What Have You Learned?
Next Steps
Mentor Templates for Quality Conversations with New Teachers
Meeting Templates
The Five-Minute Meeting: Giving an Authentic Compliment
The Ten-Minute Meeting: Sharing an Idea or Resource
The Fifteen-Minute Meeting: Problem to Possibilities
The Twenty-Minute Meeting: What's Working? How Do You Know?
The Thirty-Minute Meeting: Looking at Student Work Together
The Sixty-Minute Meeting: Observing the Mentor
The Integrated Meeting: Focus on Student Learning
Teacher Research: Inquiry into Practice-Finding a Question and Finding the Answers

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