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Mentoring the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics. Henry S. Kepner, Jr. Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee Public Schools NCSM March, 2007 Atlanta, GA. Mentoring “new” staff – the unfunded mandate. Acting as a sponsor Encouraging self-reliance Encouraging true collegiality

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mentoring the beginning teacher of mathematics

Mentoring the Beginning Teacher of Mathematics

Henry S. Kepner, Jr.

Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee Public Schools

NCSM March, 2007

Atlanta, GA

mentoring new staff the unfunded mandate
Mentoring “new” staff –the unfunded mandate
  • Acting as a sponsor
  • Encouraging self-reliance
  • Encouraging true collegiality
  • Encouraging reflection on practice
  • Provide timely, appropriate feedback
mentoring is



Mentoring is:

Mentoring is NOT

  • Evaluating
  • Substituting
mentoring roles
To consult

To collaborate

To coach

Mentoring Roles:
consult share vital information
Consult: share vital information
  • Procedural expectations
  • Building/district policy, materials, access to resources
  • Craft of teaching: establishing classroom routines, instructional strategies, assessments
Think aloud about your own…. What’s and Why’s about colleague’s awareness
  • Offer a menu
  • Produce an idea bank
  • Conduct a model lesson (label critical attributes)
  • Review tapes of teaching
  • Reference, highlight current research
collaborate co develop the information pool
Collaborate: co-develop the information pool.
  • Shared analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Decision-making and
  • Reflection
reciprocal nature support mutual learning growth respect
Reciprocal nature – support mutual learning, growth, respect.
  • Brainstorm with colleague:
    • Reasons,
    • Multiple ideas,
    • (Multiple) possible solutions,
    • Interventions.
  • Co-plan
  • Co-teach
  • Joint reflections on targeted student learning and behaviors
coaching goal to empower a colleague s expertise in
Coaching Goal: to empower a colleague’s expertise in:
  • Planning,
  • Reflecting on practice, and
  • Instructional decision-making focused on student learning of mathematics.
coaching responsibilities
Coaching Responsibilities:
  • Maintain a nonjudgmental stance
  • Inquire about “What’s” and “Why’s”
  • Focus on successes towards colleague’s goal
  • Focus on colleague’s concerns. (Be prepared to focus on whatever the colleague raises as an area of concern.)
  • Reflect on goals.
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