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How the website, newsletters, and feedback can help TCs and mentors improve in their roles over time, and help us provide better support!
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What They Say
We asked Mentors and Teacher Candidates what would help, and this is what we heard...
“I feel like [my TC] was such a big resource, and she pushed me as a teacher because she’s new and has all this education at her fingertips… that’s a big benefit of being a mentor teacher, is I become a better teacher because of the conversations that we have.”
“It’s been very successful when… they have another chance to try the lesson… That’s where I start to feel like I see success because we talk about what it is that they wanted to change, I can reference something that they’ve seen me do… and then ‘you go back and try it because it’ll probably happen in the next lesson’.”
"I like to bring them to professional development that we have early in the school year, it is good to see how professionals talk about it…"
"I want them to try stuff. Because if they try stuff, then I’m learning too. And I want to learn from them, just as they’re learning from me."
Mentoring Practices & Tools
Six routines that represent opportunities for the teacher candidate to learn
What is this project all about?
The critical role of mentors in the student teaching (clinical) experience
During the clinical experience, aspiring teachers work in classrooms alongside accomplished educators to learn the work of the profession. With guidance, these novices closely observe instruction, actively experiment with pedagogical strategies, build relationships with students, and reflect on their own learning as well as the learning of the children. Their mentors shape these experiences and foster the development of both competent practice and a professional identity.
To do this work, however, mentors need their own specialized forms of support. This website provides these educators with introductions to mentoring practices, videos about these practices, suggested trajectories for giving increasing responsibilities over to the novice, tools to use when observing instruction, and protocols for providing feedback. We invite critique on these resources from our colleagues in the field—both experienced teachers and those learning the craft.