As a mentor, what is my job?
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
As a mentor for a new teacher, your number one job is to support them. Healthy mentoring relationships are professional in nature and are more evolutionary than static. The purpose of the relationship is to enable the new teacher to acquire new knowledge, skill and standards of professional competence. A mentor must create an environment that includes mutual trust, honesty, respect and a willingness to work together.
A mentor is one who helps new teachers to recognize and know what they can do. They assist teachers as they strengthen their ability to make more effective use of what they know and can do. Most of all a mentor is one who supports teachers as they learn and grow professionally. A mentor is never just a supervisor or one who ensures that teachers simply meet the requirements of their position at a satisfactory level and continue to over time.