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Mentoring

 

 

 

 

 


Description

  • A more experienced peer provides general guidance in acclimatizing a person to a new situation or position.
Affordances
  • The mentee determines the content of the conversations
  • The mentor provides security, guidance and encouragement
  • Partners a novice with someone who has more experience in the profession
  • May provide modeling and feedback
  • Opportunity for meaningful relationship to develop


Limitations

  • Mentor is not always a specialist in the same subject as mentee
  • Tends to focus on general topics (e.g. classroom management, school procedures) rather than specific skills and practices
  • Can be ‘assigned’ by school
  • Often, only new teachers are considered for mentoring
  • Mentors are rarely compensated for their time. Since it is an “add on” responsibility, it may be dropped during busy periods
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