The value of a mentor

A mentor can help ease your transition from student to educator, acting as a coach to guide you through your first months on the job. Find out if your campus or school district offers a new-teacher mentoring program.

Maximize your mentor relationship

  • A mentor can answer the kinds of questions that aren’t answered in books. She knows about district policies and bureaucracy, dealing with the first day of class, parent-teacher conferences, report cards, etc.
  • Look at your mentor as a resource to help you become a more effective educator but not someone you depend on for every problem. Remember that your mentor has his own job and family responsibilities.
  • Both you and your mentor need to communicate questions and concerns. Discuss any evaluations or critiques with your mentor and ask for feedback.
  • Remember that not all of your mentor’s suggestions will work for you. There are many teaching styles and methods. Be yourself, and don’t do things just to impress your mentor.
  • Show appreciation for the time, expertise and materials your mentor devotes to your peace of mind and making you a better educator.