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Strategies for forming mentoring as partnership

A beginning teacher and a mentor teacher might discover that they just happen to be very compatible in personality and outlook, and so get along well together. That could happen. But why leave a potentially valuable and important working relationship to chance? The more prudent course of action is to talk together about the sort of working relationship you seek, and intend to have. Following are the main topics for such a conversation.

Ask why mentoring could be good.

Negotiate a confidential relationship.

Agree on your idea of partnership.

Get acquainted professionally.

Decide how you will work together.

Tell each other stories of the classroom.

Plan your learning to teach.

Deliberately practice teaching.

Solve problems as you go along.