So you want to be
a mentor. . .?
NEW MENTOR TRAINING
Newport News Public Schools
Trainers:
Debbie Richardson
Kathleen Pietrasanta
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Training for New Mentors
Desired Result:
Mentors will be prepared to provide effective
mentoring services to new teachers based on the
knowledge, skills, and understanding that are
recognized as components of a research-based
mentoring program.
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AGENDA
Day 1
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Welcome and Introductions
Overview of New Mentor Training
NNPS Mentor Model
Mentor Expectations
Standards for Teachers and Mentors
Understanding Generational Differences and its’
Impact on Mentoring
Building Relationships
Stages and Phases of Teacher Development
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Smart, Safe Start:
New Teacher Induction
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District Support
School-based Support
Individual Support
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Smart Safe Start: New Teacher Induction
Program Components
District Level Support
School Level Support
Jump Start to Teaching
Administrators
Enhancing Professional
Practice (EPP) Mentoring
Program
Trained Mentors and
Coaches
Professional Development
Management System (PDMS)
Professional Development
Teacher Performance
Assessment
Assistance with Licensure
New Teacher
Induction Site-based
Coordinator
School Based
Professional
Development
Individual Support
Enhancing
Professional Practice
(EPP) Mentor
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Lead Teachers,
Content Coaches, and
Specialists
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Assistance with
Licensure
Mentors should know. . .
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Personal styles and characteristics
Characteristics of the adult learner
Content and instructional best practices
Professional Teaching Standards
Characteristics of effective mentors
Indicators of an effective mentoring program
Know Thyself
Socrates
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Mentors should be able to. .
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Commit to one’s own professional growth
and development
Build positive relationships
Communicate effectively
Provide constructive feedback on
professional practice
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Mentors should be able to. . .
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Conduct classroom observations and collect
evidence
Conduct reflective conversations about
professional practice
Advocate for teachers
Identify indicators as evidence of good teaching
practices
First, do no harm
Hippocratic Oath
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Virginia’s Standards for Teachers
“These are not intended to describe the
performance of new teachers but to guide the
development of all teachers throughout their
careers as they continually seek to improve
their practice.”
Dr. Billy Cannady, Jr.
Former State Superintendent of Public Schools
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Professional Mentoring
Standards
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Engages, supports, and advances the professional learning of
each teacher.
Creates and maintains collaborative school & professional
partnerships.
Utilizes knowledge of pedagogy, content, & standards to
advance teacher & student development.
Designs and facilitates professional development for teachers.
Utilizes assessments to promote teacher learning and
development.
Develops as a professional leader to advance induction and
school improvement.
New Teacher Center at UCSC, 2007.
Generational differences affect
values, attitudes, and behaviors.
Go to the chart which includes the
year you were born.
1. What was your favorite movie when you
were 16?
2.Describe the most significant political event
of your teenage/college years.
3. Describe what would happen when you were
a child and had a conflict with a teacher.
4. How do you obtain information for
professional use?
Pop Quiz
Let’s test your knowledge about
technology!
Mary A. Sciaraffa, Ph.D.
[email protected]
Pop Quiz Question #1
What year was the
First color TV demonstration?
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Feb. 5, 1940 by RCA to the FCC
Pop Quiz Question #2
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What are “rabbit ears” used for?
Pop Quiz Question # 3
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Which one do you consider a Princess
Phone?
Pop Quiz Question #4
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Which came first the MAC/APPLE or IBM
PC?
Pop Quiz Question # 5
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What does it mean to brick your phone?
Baby Boomers (1942-1960)
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Their critical years for joining the work force
– between the mid-1960s and the end of the
1970s – were a period when most
European countries enjoyed significant
progress.
This led to great expectations of success.
Currently, this group occupies positions of
higher corporate responsibility, and has the
largest proportion of workaholics in history.
This is also the generation that gave birth
to the “Yuppie” phenomenon.
Baby Boomers Preferred
Communication Style
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Numerous meetings
Face to face communication
Supportive Behaviors & Tips For
Communicating With Baby Boomers
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Boomers are the "show me" generation, so
your body language is important when
communicating.
Speak in an open, direct style but avoid
controlling language.
Answer questions thoroughly and expect to be
pressed for the details.
Present options to demonstrate flexibility in
your thinking.
Generation X (1961-1979)
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This generation has the best academic training and international
experience in history.
They have begun to make a break with traditional patterns of
behavior, demanding a more informal environment and
abandoning hierarchical authority in favor of a more horizontal
and flexible structure.
They have pioneered policies that involve flexibility and
conciliation.
This generation is rich in entrepreneurs because personal
initiative predominates within a context of skepticism toward
large enterprises.
Gen X’ers Preferred
Communication Style
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Work better alone
Swift communication
Frequent consistent feedback
Wants to be “heard”
Electronic
Supportive Behaviors & Tips for
Communicating With Gen X
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Use email as a primary communication tool.
Talk in short sound bites to keep their attention.
Ask them for their feedback and provide them with
regular feedback.
Share information with them on a regular basis and
strive to keep them in the loop.
Use an informal communication style.
Facts about Millinenials
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Over 70 million strong
the first in history to have lived their entire lives with
information technology.
more individualistic than earlier generations and demand
autonomy in their opinions and behavior.
3 times the size of Gen Xers
Most ethnically diverse- 1 of 3 are not Caucasian
75%-90% have computers
50% have internet access at home
75% use instant messaging
Heavily influenced by peers
Technically advanced but prefer personal contact
Prefer directness and action
Millennials/Gen Y’s Preferred
Communication Style
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Positive
Respectful
Respectable
Motivational
Electronic
Goal-focused
Supportive Behaviors & Tips for
Communicating With Millenials
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Use action words and challenge them at
every opportunity.
They will resent it if you talk down to them.
They prefer email communication.
Seek their feedback constantly and provide
them with regular feedback.
Use humor and create a fun learning
environment. Don't take yourself too
seriously.
Encourage them to take risks and break the
rules so that they can explore new ways of
learning.
Principles of Adult Learning
ADULTS . . .
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Are autonomous and self-directed
Have life experiences and a knowledge base
Are goal-oriented
Are relevancy-oriented
Are practical
Expect to be respected
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How Adults Learn
Conditions necessary for adult growth and learning:
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A safe opportunity to try out new practices
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Careful and continuous guided reflection about
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Continuity of programs and time for significant
change
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Personal support and challenge
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Mentoring that addresses adult
learning theory will. . .?
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Occur within a culture of collegiality,
collaboration, and shared decision-making
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Affirm the value of an adult’s prior experience
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Attend to physical needs whenever possible
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Addressing adult learning theory (contd.)
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Differentiate to address all learning styles
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Recognize the importance of trust and safety within the
learning environment
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Allow time to learn, practice, fail, succeed, and
implement
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5 Stages of Teacher
Development
Novice
Advanced
Beginner
Competent
Proficient
Expert
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Phases of New Teacher Development
Anticipation
Anticipation
Reflection
Survival
Rejuvenation
Disillusionment
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
April
May
June
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In your table groups…
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Read the description of your assigned
stage of teacher development
Using the “little man” chart, describe
what your new teacher would be
thinking…
feeling…
saying…
and doing.
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Thinking
Saying
Feeling
Doing
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Think about it. . .
The gate to change is locked
on the inside.
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