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Key questions from the perspective of mentor teachers:

 “The better the quality of mentoring, the better the quality of a new teacher’s classroom instruction. Like good teaching, good mentoring involves complex skills and understandings that are rarely intuitive.”  (Gless and Moir, 2001)

What is my vision of mentoring and of my role as a mentor?

What are the state’s expectations for mentors of new teachers?

What kinds of support should I expect in my mentoring role?

What are the needs and concerns of beginning teachers, and how do I respond?

How do I help new teachers feel comfortable and develop competence in questioning and improving their teaching practice?

How do I help beginning teachers develop authentic teaching tasks?

How can I do classroom observation and feedback that helps beginning teachers?

As a mentor, what should I expect myself to be learning?