Sunday, May 24, 2009


In an article by the Virginia Dept. of Education, Division of Teacher Education and Licensure, Teacher Mentoring is addressed. I am a huge and passionate believer in this. I held a position for a few years in which this was one of my responsibilities. I've seen teacher "make it" because of it, seen teachers "fade away" due to the lack of it, and seen teachers "die on the vine" because it was done wrongly.

Teacher Mentoring addresses these (and other) goals:

Retaining quality teachers
Improving beginning teachers’ skills and performance
Supporting teacher morale, communications, and collegiality
Building a sense of professionalism, positive attitude
Facilitating a seamless transition into the first year of teaching
Putting theory into practice
Preventing teacher isolation
Building self-reflection

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