Should you become a mentor?
Take the following self-assessment to see how well you match up with characteristics of successful mentors.
Checklist for Prospective Mentors
Duties and Responsibilities of the Mentor: to serve as role model, support person, liason, and confidant.
Your Mentor Duties:
1. Resources: show how to access necessary content specific and technology
2. Instruction: model instruction and arrange for the new teacher to visit content and other subject classrooms
to observe teaching styles and methods to teach to students' individual differences.
3. Classroom Management: assist
the new teacher with development of a classroom management style.
4. Consultation: consult with the beginning teacher
and develop a confidential relationship by providing frequent guidance, feedback, reinforcement, reassurance and praise, in
areas including but not limited to:
a. adjustment- help the new teacher orient and adjust to the role of professional
b. problem solving- assist the beginning teacher in assessing problems and defining possible solutions
reflection on practice- assist with incorporating educational research and theory with experience to develop and use a knowledge
base of effective teaching practices and instructional options
d. evaluation- review personal evaluation, self-evaluation,
and teacher portfolio
5. Non-teaching responsibilities: assist in managing non-teaching professional tasks by informing
the new teacher of school policies and procedures, discussing legal and ethical issues, and relationships within the profession.
6. Develop and use a checklist from topics provided to ensure coverage of all topics.
Suggested topics essential for your mentee are described in the following link.
A Calendar of Events for Mentors and Mentees
Build a discipline-specific or support service specific timeline.