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A Mentor Teacher Guide

Supporting beginning and experienced teachers to be effective practitioners

Mentoring is a valuable role that many teachers take on, either formally or informally. But how can you pursue it in reality so that the mentored teacher continually improves their practice, while making the most of their strengths? A Mentor Teacher Guide is bursting with tools and tips that have been proven to work in a wide range of mentoring situations. They may be used as they are or adapted - whichever approach helps them to work for you and your workplace. This book could also be used to support schools in their appraisal processes.

Ages: 5-12 | Pages: 52 | Code: 5702 | ISBN: 9781927190760

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Deidre Senior

Deidre is deputy principal at Oamaru Intermediate School in New Zealand. As well as having taught at all levels in schools, she has worked extensively with teachers, delivering professional development in a range of curriculum areas. In 2009 she was a Ministry of Education E-Fellow and Microsoft New Zealand’s Most Innovative Teacher. Deidre's books have come about as a result of her work in leading a Technology team and identifying a resource gap. They are intended to support teaching and learning programmes, as well as supporting and expanding teacher knowledge in technology.


Why is mentoring important?4
How to use this book5
Glossary of terms5
The role of the mentor teacher6
What about you?6
Who else is involved?7
What are you trying to develop?8
Top tips for working with mentored teachers10
Support and guidance11
How to support a mentored
Orientation of a mentored teacher12
Template – Orientation checklist12
Setting goals13
Template – Goal setting13
Documenting support and guidance14
Providing feedback15
Reflective questions16
Examples – Observation sheets17
Templates –
Mentor teacher observation sheet20
Observation debrief sheet22
Video observation sheet for mentored teacher23
Video reflection sheet25
Planning, assessment and evaluation26
Feedback on written expectations26
Example – Planning, assessment and evaluation check27
Template – Planning, assessment and evaluation check28
Regular reporting29
Template – Mentored teacher termly report30
Keeping track of support and guidance documents31
Templates –
Professional development and course register31
Log of professional reading32
PRT– term record of release time33
Extracurricular involvement34
Template –
Extracurricular involvement34
Observing other teachers35
Classroom observations of other teachers35
Templates –
Maths observation36
Literacy observation37
Classroom observation38
Reflective tools40
Organisers and uses40
Templates – SWOT analysis41
Thinking Hats42
Professional Development Reflection – Sheet 143
Professional Development Reflection – Sheet 244
PMI reflection on professional reading45
Example – Fishbone organiser46
Template – Fishbone organiser47
Tips for supporting PRTs48
Support networks and resources
Teacher networks49
Other resources52
Resources available from the publisher52