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Mentor + teacher candidate conversations

Mentoring Teachers / Mentor + teacher candidate conversations

Jumpstarting important professional conversations

These resources can support mentors and novices have different kinds of productive conversations. These conversations can help “get on the same page” about teaching, planning, dealing with students, equity, etc. Its not easy to just come up with these dialogue starters on your own, so these guides will help.

Professional roommate conversation

Early on, mentor-TC partners have found it highly beneficial to have an explicit conversation in which they get to know each other’s hopes, preferences, and work styles. Consider starting this conversation as early as possible–before the school year starts is best.

Download: Professional roommate conversation

Three types of mentor-novice conversations

There are three types of mentoring conversations, each used for different purposes; calibrating, consulting, and collaborating. Each is defined by who identifies problems of practice, leads the analysis of teaching outcomes, and suggests next steps.

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8 Sweet strategies for conversations

The following strategies can help mentors talk to their novice about planning ahead, making choices, and responding to challenges. These strategies are especially useful when paired with the 3 types of mentoring conversations. These are well-tested suggestions.

Download: 8 Strategies for effective conversations with novices

Tool for co-planning conversations

This tool helps both mentor and TC get ready for co-planning, once a lesson topic has been identified. Consider using the “Mentor’s Pocket Guide for Making Your Thinking Explicit” as you discuss. Begin the co-planning process at least a couple days ahead of the lesson being taught.

Download: Tool for co-planning conversations