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The Active Mentor
Practical Strategies for Supporting New Teachers

  • Ron Nash - Ron Nash and Associates, Inc.

Foreword by Kay Burke



© 2010 | 160 pages | Corwin

"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!

 
Foreword by Kay Burke
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Prologue
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Epilogue
 
Appendix: Support From an Extended Family
 
References
 
Index

"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 delivers clear compass points to follow for all those committed to successful new teacher induction programming."

Esther Jackson, Dean of Instruction
Newark Charter School, DE

"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
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Foreword by Kay Burke

Chapter 1: The Need for Heroes


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