Overview of Effective Mentoring
This information is intended to guide the mentors or cooperating teachers assigned to student teachers/interns during their unpaid, full-day field assignments in classroom of area school districts, private and charter schools.
An Effective Mentor should have these:
Welcoming the Student Teacher:
- Be sure your student teacher has met the campus administrators and the office staff.
- Tour the campus and introduce the student to colleagues, support staff, and special assignment professionals such as counselors, nurse, librarian.
- Locations such as the teacher work areas, the faculty lunch area, parking area and campus buildings such as the gymnasium, library, cafeteria.
- Media center, central office/ school district administration and professional development facilities.
Review Student Teaching Requirements
- Discuss what is expected of the mentor and the student teacher with the assigned university supervisor
- Review timelines and observation documents that will be used during the semester
- Work with the student and the supervisor in planning out of classroom observations (ex. Four hours of SPED for non-SPED student teachers)
Welcome to the Mentor’s Classroom
- Review the physical arrangement of the room
- Demonstrate use of the available technology in the room and resource areas
- Share and clarify the classroom/campus/district discipline policies and the strategies you use with your students
- Share teaching materials including accessing lesson plans, instructional manipulatives and texts
- Introduce to district on-line grading program
- Parent contact and conference guidelines
- As allowed, share information in a student permanent or cumulative record document, IEP (individual education plan) Behavior Modification plan, etc
Our campus expects teachers to:
- Be on campus by this time
- Teachers may leave at this time
- Faculty meetings are scheduled
- Dress professionally (be sure to make student aware of any restrictions such as no jeans)
Following is a document that addresses strategies, relationships, collaboration and addressing concerns. It also includes Five States of Student Teaching.