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Why mentoring?

Schoolteaching is complex, subtle, difficult and demanding work. It requires a developed set of habits, skills, routines and specific local knowledge that a beginning teacher can build only by deliberate and reflective practice. Throwing new teachers into classrooms to sink or swim on their own has been an enormously costly tradition, particularly when we consider the effects on students.

A much better way for new teachers to learn the necessary skills, habits, routines, and local knowledge is to build them deliberately with the help of an experienced teacher who takes as a goal helping the new teacher do so, and who tries to help thoughtfully, with care for the potentially good and bad consequences of the interaction.