You are here

What Successful Mentors Do
Share
Bestseller!

What Successful Mentors Do
81 Research-Based Strategies for New Teacher Induction, Training, and Support



November 2004 | 224 pages | Corwin

"As the authors so aptly suggest, good teaching is more a journey than a destination. This book will help both mentors and teachers to navigate this journey successfully."
Stephen Sroka, Health Education Consultants
Case Western Reserve University

"What a great book to provide for all veteran teachers so that when we are chatting in the lunchroom and 'new' teachers share a dilemma, anyone on staff can chime in with advice, backed by research and experience."
Diane Mierzwik, Teacher and Mentor
Parkview Middle School, Yucaipa, CA

"What Successful Mentors Do is easy to use, linked to best practices and is certain to be an invaluable resource for new and returning mentors."
Theresa Ford, Developer/Consultant
Educational Testing Service, Downey, CA

Be the best mentor you can be with these state-of-the-art strategies!

The first-day jitters. The first encounter with an angry parent. The first performance review. As a seasoned teacher, you remember each of these "firsts." But how can you relate your experiences to a new teacher? Find answers to these questions and the research to back them up in this tool-packed guide.

What Successful Mentors Do offers sensible strategies to help mentors help new teachers. Using state-of-the art research as a bas, the authors provide 81 ways to put those "firsts" in perspective for your new teachers. Working from decades of experience, the authors synthesize theory and practice to show mentors how to:

  • Increase new-teacher retention with the surest methods for classroom success
  • Encourage teachers in ten essential areas of teaching, from using assessment tools to developing a personal teaching style, and more
  • Guide teachers in their relationships with colleagues, parents, and administrators
  • Improve their own mentoring approach and develop a mentoring style
  • Avoid common mentoring pitfalls

Sometimes life teaches us the lessons we need to grow. Other times, a trusted mentor prepares us for the challenges and guides us to success.

Don Rizzi
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction: The Mentoring Process Is a Journey, Not a Destination
 
1. Choosing the Best Strategies for Supporting New Teachers
 
2. Supporting New Teachers as They Interact and Collaborate With Students
 
3. Supporting New Teachers as They Organize Classroom Management and Discipline Policies
 
4. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop Strategies for Managing Curriculum and Pedagogy
 
5. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop, Use, and Evaluate Student Assessment Instruments
 
6. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop Personal Teaching Styles and Time Management Strategies
 
7. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop a Variety of Strategies for Helping At-Risk and Special Needs Students Succeed
 
8. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop Strategies for Embracing and Celebrating Diversity
 
9. Supporting New Teachers As They Develop Strategies for Working With New Technologies
 
10. Supporting New Teachers as They Develop Positive Relationships With Parents and Community
 
Index

"here is no ‘one size fits all’ professional development. Teaching is exciting and rewarding, but it is like pro football in that on any given day most anything may work, while on other days nothing seems to work. But you still need to keep on playing your best. Good mentors help keep good teachers playing at their very best. . . . As the authors so aptly suggest, good teaching is more a journey than a destination. This book will help both mentors and teachers to navigate this journey successfully."

Stephen Sroka, Health Education Consultant
Case Western Reserve University

"What a great book to provide for all veteran teachers so that when we are chatting in the lunchroom and a ‘new’ teacher shares a dilemma, anyone on staff can chime in with advice, backed by research and experience."

Diane Mierzwik, Teacher and Mentor
Parkview Middle School, Yucaipa, CA

"Provides a wide range of practical suggestions for mentors that are based on current research and that can be ‘harvested’ whenever needed. The ‘Precautions and Possible Pitfalls’ sections serve as a welcome safety net, helping mentors to proactively examine and strategize solutions for anticipated challenges. The ‘Sources’ sections are particularly helpful in offering additional readings for those mentors who are interested in going deeper into a topic. What Successful Mentors Do is easy to use, linked to best practices, and is certain to be an invaluable resource for new and returning mentors."

Theresa Ford, Developer/Consultant
Educational Testing Service, Downey, CA
Key features

· Research-based mentoring strategies for teacher induction, support, and retention.

· Reader-friendly format covers what the research says, in-service applications supported by the research, precautions and pitfalls helpful during implementation, and source citations for further reference. 

· Strategies are organized into convenient categories that include developing teaching styles; time management strategies; classroom management policies; managing curriculum, instruction, and assessment; working with at-risk, special needs, and diverse populations; working with educational technologies; interacting with students, parents, and community; and more. 


Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Don Rizzi

Preface


Preview this book

Purchasing options

Volume Discounts Available

contact corwin

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9780761988878
$36.95

For instructors

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.