Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers
A Month-by-Month Curriculum for Teacher Effectiveness
Foreword by Ellen Moir
Corwin Teaching Essentials
Mentoring | Teacher Induction | Teaching Methods & Learning Styles
The support you need for mindful mentoring and sustainable teacher success!
Novice teachers bring vitality and optimism to schools. Our role as mentors is to empower novice teachers to grow in their practice and emerge as the leaders of the future. Newly revised and updated, the 2nd edition of Mentoring in Action emphasizes a unique approach: mindful mentoring that aligns your conversations to teaching standards to prepare novice teachers for their teacher evaluation.
In this book you’ll learn the importance of teacher leadership and how mentoring can influence teacher effectiveness. This flexible twelve-month curriculum helps you:
- Plan mentoring conversations and observations
- Differentiate support to meet the varied needs of novice teachers
- Set goals to prevent teacher burnout by sharing social and emotional learning skills
- Gather regular student feedback from student work samples and surveys
- Integrate the updated INTASC Standards into mentoring conversations
This updated edition includes QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a Mentor Planning Guide and Journal for reflection. Transform your mentoring experience by confidently mentoring your novice teachers with this comprehensive guide!“Filled with decades of her own teaching, research, and mentoring wisdom, Radford offers a guide to building the mentoring relationship, examples of mentoring in action, and instructions and modeling of purposeful mentoring conversations.”
Dr. Kirsten Olsen, Author of Wounded By School and The Mindful School Leader
“The best mentorship programs include support for the mentors, not just for new teachers. This book provides a roadmap for individual teacher-mentors or those in charge of mentoring programs. Everyone in a position of leadership should read and use this book."
Barbara Levin, Professor and Author of Every Teacher a Leader
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Use with The First Years Matter, the companion guide for novice teachers!
Podcast: How Leaders Can Help Mentor New Teachers With Carol Radford
In this Leaders Coaching Leaders podcast episode, author, speaker, and expert mentor Carol Radford shares her expertise on why mentoring continues to be an important element of any teacher's success - but especially for new teachers after COVID-19.
Mentoring in Action: Needs Assessment Checklist
Use this checklist from Mentoring in Action as a guide to interview your novice teacher mentee to assess their needs and areas for improvement.
"What amazes me about the Mentoring in Action and First Years Matter books is that every aspect of the teaching field is addressed."
“I love the idea of having mentors and mentees work alongside each other with Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, sharing their thoughts about challenges and successes each month and opening up a reflective dialogue.”
"The two texts, Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, are companion texts that give both participants a guide for discussions, suggestions for activities, and a place to track reflections. They also allow for targeted differentiation."
"Integrating teacher evaluation standards fits naturally into the reflection prompts and activities in The First Years Matter and Mentoring in Action texts."
"I will most definitely use the Mentoring in Action text paired with The First Years Matter text as a month-by-month curriculum to focus mentoring conversations."
"With the Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books, training of mentors is consistent and comprehensive. The First Years Matter is structured enough to provide a clear path toward helping a new hire to achieve independence."
"Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter are so important to guide discussions between mentor and mentee and are also helpful when differentiating for a new teacher’s needs."
"Our district will use the Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter texts to directly align with teacher evaluation standards and create a common language among our mentors and novice teachers."
"This year we were trained to use the Mentoring in Action book. This has provided a common language and framework for mentors, which has been most helpful to maintain a consistent program."
"The Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter books are critical resources that each mentor will need to provide support for becoming a qualified mentor."
Summary of Changes:
· Twelve month curriculum with the addition of July to reflect
August is the teaching chapter that shows how you go through each month teaching reader to download things from the website. Following months will have reminders to go to the website.
· Alignment to state standards to support novice teacher effectiveness on evaluation
· Updated wording and titles for all content
· Introducing the topic of Mindful Mentoring
· Including student perspectives to mentoring conversations ACTs
· Streamlining content in book to bring readers to the website to download pages
· Introducing lesson planning earlier
· Corwin resources added to CONNECT pages and updating technology links
· Key Questions to monthly chapter introductions
· Video introductions to each month
· Mentoring Conversation videos throughout the book
· Other videos from MIA website integrated as appropriate i.e. Design Alliance
· Differentiated ACTs for FYI, Sharing, Mentor Reflection, and Mentoring Conversations
· Appendix of State examples of teaching standards and/or induction guidelines
· Companion Website using CW mouse icon to indicate to go to website.
Journal sheets for writing,
Reflection bubble sheets,
Graphics – slides
Downloadable forms from ACTs pages as appropriate.
Videos as indicated above