Mentoring New Teachers

ISBN-10: 1412960096
ISBN-13: 9781412960090
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Hal Portner
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List price: $27.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 4/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Provides practical, doable strategies and guidance to mentors, as well as the opportunity to practice those strategies with immediate feedback. A short and easy read for people who need good advice but don't have a lot of time to spare." Kathy Grover, Assistant Superintendent Clever R-V School District, MO A comprehensive guide for developing successful mentors! Quality mentoring can provide the support and guidance critical to an educator's first years of teaching. In the latest edition of the best-selling Mentoring New Teachers, Hal Portner draws upon research, experience, and insights to provide a comprehensive overview of essential mentoring behaviors. Packed with strategies, exercises, resources, and concepts, this book examines four critical mentoring functions: establishing good rapport, assessing mentee progress, coaching continuous improvement, and guiding mentees toward self-reliance. Tools and topics new to this edition include: Teacher mentor standards based on the NBPTS Core Propositions and validated by members of the International Mentoring Association and other practitioners Classroom observation methods and competency instruments Tools to assess preferred learning styles Approaches to mentoring the nontraditional new teacher A guide for careerlong professional development School leaders, experienced and prospective mentors, and staff developers can use this step-by-step handbook to create a dynamic mentoring program or revitalize an existing one.

Hal Portner is a former K-12 teacher and administrator. He was assistant director of the Summer Math Program for High School Women and Their Teachers at Mount Holyoke College, and for 24 years he was a teacher and then administrator in two Connecticut public school districts. From 1985 to 1995, he was a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education's Bureau of Certification and Professional Development, where, among other responsibilities, he served as coordinator of the Connecticut Institute for Teaching and Learning and worked closely with school districts to develop and carry out professional development and teacher evaluation plans and programs. Hal developed and teaches for Western New England University a 3 credit MEd in Curriculum and Instruction online core course in Mentoring, Coaching, and professional development. Portner writes, develops materials, trains mentors, facilitates the development of new teacher and peer-mentoring programs, and consults for school districts and other educational organizations and institutions. In addition to Mentoring New Teachers, he is the author of Training Mentors Is Not Enough: Everything Else Schools and Districts Need to Do (2001), Being Mentored: A Guide for Prot�g�s (2002), Workshops that Really Work: The ABCs of Designing and Delivering Sensational Presentations (2005), and editor of Teacher Mentoring and Induction: The State of the Art and Beyond (2005) - all published by Corwin Press. He holds an MEd from the University of Michigan and a 6th-year Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in education admin�istration from the University of Connecticut. For three years, he was with the University of Massachusetts EdD Educational Leadership Program.

Foreword
Preface to the Third Edition
Who Should Read This Book
Overview of the Contents
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
Support for Mentoring
Effective Mentors Are Made, Not Born
Mentoring Is Not Evaluating
Mentoring's Role in Induction
The Mentor's Primary Role
What Mentors Do: The Four Mentoring Functions
Teacher Mentor Standards
Relating
Establishing Trust
Paying Attention to Thoughts and Feelings
Confidentiality
The Student Teacher Dilemma
Communicating Nonverbally
A Checklist of Relating Behaviors
A Mentoring Relationship Is a Serving Relationship
Assessing
The Nontraditional New Teacher
Generic Needs of New Teachers
Specific Needs of Your Mentee
Gathering Resources
Your Mentee's Learning Preferences
Modes of Communication
Summary
Coaching
Coaching Assumptions
The Coaching Cycle
The Preobservation Conference
The Initial Classroom Visit
Focused Classroom Observations: When and How
Some Observation Considerations
The Postobservation Conference
When to Show and Tell
Coaching Adults
Feedback
Guiding
Guiding Your Mentee's Journey: A Decision-Making Process
Identifying Your Mentee's Problems
Guiding Principles
The Unwilling and Unable Mentee
The Moderately Willing and Somewhat Able Mentee
The Competent and Confident Mentee
The All-of-the-Above Mentee
From Mentor-Mentee to Peer-Peer
Mentoring's Legacy: Career-Long Professional Development
Teacher's Inquiry Process
From TIP to MIP
Tips and Observations
Set Ground Rules Early
Help Change Happen
Avoid Information Overload
Share Decision Making
Know When to Intervene
Mentoring, Remediating, and Peer Review
Maintain the Relationship
Don't Forget Content
What Is Your Mentee Asking For?
Know When to Wean
Find Time to Mentor
Earn Points Toward Teacher Recertification
Reflect on Your Mentoring
Consider Multiple Mentors
Build a Mentoring Community
Find Networking Opportunities
Remember, Student Learning Is the Goal
Pass the Torch
Teacher Mentor Standards
Core Propositions
Teacher Mentor Standards
Learning Style Inventory: Discovering How You Learn Best
Mentor's Inquiry Process for Experienced Mentors
Focus
What Will It Be Like?
Activities
What Are Your Chances Of Completing the Activities?
When Do You Want It?
Costs
Does It Represent a Worthwhile Challenge?
The Connecticut Competency Instrument
Management of the Classroom Environment
Instruction
Assessment of Student Progress
Annotated Bibliography
References

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