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Mentoring, Teacher Preparation Pedagogy

Mentoring pairs a new teacher with an expert, veteran teacher who is focused on supporting the novice's professional preparation. Mentors may include university-based supervisors, school-based cooperating teachers, or other experienced educators who engage the newcomer in dialogue about practice. The term mentor comes from a character in Homer's Odyssey who educated and supported Telemachus while his father was away. In teacher education, the mentor may support novices through ongoing observations and investigations related to practice, conversations and assessment of practice, modeling or co-teaching, jointly planning curriculum, coaching on subject or pedagogy, and collaboratively inquiring within a community of practice with other new and/or experienced teachers. Mentors may also support novice teachers by discussing individual learners and examining student work, navigating school issues, setting goals aligned ...

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