How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed

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Mentors

Being a mentor keeps me current. When I have to answer my mentee's
questions, it makes me ask, [Why am I doing what I'm doing?] In dis-
cussing philosophy, problems, or techniques with this new teacher, I find
out what I really believe. That makes me a stronger person and a better
teacher.

—A BEGINNING TEACHER'S MENTOR

Mentoring is the cornerstone of many successful beginning teacher assistance programs. Although it is possible to develop a successful program without mentors, the mentoring track record is so positive that we advise every team developing a BTAP to include it as a component.


Recruiting Mentors

Where do you find mentors? You'll likely recruit mentors from the school's current staff. Therefore, to recruit mentors, you'll need to let the staff know about the need for and the purpose of the school district's BTAP and the role they could play in it. As you publicize the BTAP and the need for mentors, it is especially critical that staff

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • 1: The Problem 1
  • 2: The Solution 9
  • 3: Developing an Assistance Program 22
  • 4: Mentors 34
  • 5: Needs Assessment 49
  • 6: Forms of Initial Assistance 58
  • 7: Forms of Ongoing Assistance 66
  • 8: Summative Program Evaluation 86
  • References 95
  • Resources for Practitioners 102
  • Index 108
  • About the Authors 111
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