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Working together--Sharing and modeling

Working together on authentic problems of practice is one of the most powerful ways for the beginning teacher to gain access to the mentor’s expertise while still honoring the skills of the beginning teacher.

As the more experienced in the pair, the mentor often takes the lead in this practice. The mentor teacher encourages the beginning teacher to expand on ideas and share expertise by modeling professional tasks and making her or his thinking explicit.

Sharing and modeling allows both teachers to:

  • Learn from each other through authentic tasks
  • Examine their own practice

To share and model:

  • Choose a question to examine or a task to complete together
  • As you work balance opportunities for the beginning teacher to participate and reflect on the task with opportunities for the mentor teacher to model, practice and share his or her decision making strategies.

What this might look like:

Standards-based planning

Analyzing student work