Friday, December 16, 2005
Carlisle School uses mentoring to aid new teachers
Every teacher in their first or second year at Carlisle School is assigned a mentor. Seventh-grade language arts teacher Stephen Bober described the program at the December 7 meeting of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC.) "The original purpose was to help retain new teachers," explained Bober. "The program is now a fixture." This year there are seven new teachers, and ten second-year teachers. The mentors assist the new teachers in many ways. Mentors meet one-on-one with new teachers and also hold monthly group meetings with other program participants. Mentors may also help by making classroom observations, which are used to give feedback to the new teachers. The program is "sending a message that we care about supporting people," added Bober.
A Carlisle College course on becoming a mentor will be offered in 2006 since so many teachers have requested training. CSC member Wendell Sykes asked whether new teachers are asking for help on methods of keeping control in the classroom. "Yes, I know that is frequently a topic of informal conversations," answered Bober. "Mentors are called on to model techniques," he added. "It is teachers talking to other teachers about the craft of teaching."
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