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The Active Mentor

Practical Strategies for Supporting New Teachers
By: Ron Nash

Foreword by Kay Burke

This resource demonstrates how to build effective, active teacher mentoring programs—from helping new teachers implement active classroom principles to creating a schoolwide climate for mentoring.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412980500
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2010
  • Page Count: 160
  • Publication date: January 06, 2010

Price: $33.95



"This book is for any school developing its own mentoring program or looking to improve an existing one. The program shows everyone how to take responsibility for helping newly hired educators develop into practitioners who continuously reflect on and improve their teaching skills."
—Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Schools, IA

"Ron Nash weaves storytelling and realistic dialogue to set the stage for what mentors should model for new teachers to help them gain the confidence they need. This should be required reading for all administrators, mentors, coaches, teachers, and professional developers."
—From the Foreword by Kay Burke

Connect with new teachers and help them thrive in the active classroom!

Successful teacher mentoring holds the key to fostering teacher retention and increasing the effectiveness and satisfaction of new teachers. Building on his previous books The Active Teacher and The Active Classroom, Ron Nash demonstrates how educators can build effective, active mentoring programs for new teachers.

Packed with strategies, anecdotes, and reflection questions, this resource goes beyond topics commonly found in coaching and mentoring books to stress the importance of training new teachers to employ active classroom principles that ensure student engagement and achievement. The author:

  • Discusses the role of professional development in promoting teacher effectiveness
  • Emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining a schoolwide climate conducive to mentoring
  • Illustrates the critical role of mentors in providing support to new teachers
  • Demonstrates how to build strong personal and professional relationships between mentors and protégés

Now mentors can actively influence the next generation of teachers by promoting best practices for engaged learning and a lively classroom environment!

Key features

  • Discusses the role of professional development in the development of teacher effectiveness
  • Highlights the importance of active classroom principles (student engagement techniques) in reducing the amount of 'drag' in classroom lessons
  • Emphasizes the importance of creating and maintaining a school-wide climate conducive to effective mentoring and professional development growth
  • Illustrates the critical role of effective mentors in providing teacher support and development
  • Demonstrates the importance of building strong personal and professional relationships between mentors and protégés
  • Provides strategies for effective support of both new and new-to-the-building teachers


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Kay Burke



About the Author



1. The Need for Heroes

2. The Need for Speed

3. Clarity and Substance

4. Ramping Up Relationships

5. A Place for Everything

6. Everything in Its Place

7. When Good Gets Better

8. Perspiration and Inspiration


Appendix: Support From an Extended Family





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