Instructional mentoring is a professional relationship established between novice teachers and experienced teachers focused on strengthening the new teacher's impact on student learning. A strong relationship with a highly-qualified mentor promotes maximum growth in new teachers.
+ What's the difference between mentoring and induction?
Induction is the complete package of activities and supports that bring novice teachers into their districts. Induction focuses on key areas including hiring, orientation, mentoring, professional learning, and formative assessment for teacher growth. Mentoring is one piece of the entire package of induction. Relying solely on mentoring for induction deprives teachers of important support and learning opportunities. For more, see Standards for Beginning Teacher Induction.
+ What do mentors for novice educators do?
Mentors have three primary roles as they support new educators' growth: Providing support, creating challenge, and facilitating professional vision. Skillful mentors do this while coaching, collaborating, and calibrating. (Lipton and Wellman)
In addition, effective mentors observe instruction, gather data, provide feedback and, above all else, provide frequent and confidential opportunities for reflection.
For more, see the Mentoring section of the Standards for Beginning Teacher Induction.