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The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring

Strengthening Practice Through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor

By Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Nancy Fichtman Dana

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Format: Paperback, 138 pages
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Published In: United States, 14 February 2007
'Uses metaphor to connect the reader in a personal way with the intricacies of mentoringua powerful catalyst for reflection.'uHal Portner, Educational Consultant'Sets the stage for the reader with a thoughtful, proactive context for carrying on the work of mentor.'uTom Ganser, Director, Office of Field Experiences, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater'What the text does so well is enable mentors to deeply consider their role and how they live this role within their interactions with new teachers.'uDebra Pitton, Associate Professor of Education, Gustavus Adolphus CollegeDeepen your mentoring practice with this innovative new approach!Effective mentoring requires planned and mindful attention to the ways in which one's knowledge, skills, and experience can be passed on to new teachers. Stressing the importance of deep reflection on one's mentoring practice, the award-winning authors offer eight models/metaphors that mentors can customize to meet the individual needs of their mentees. Proven strategies and real-life stories help teacher educators, trainers, and mentors to:Meet the diverse needs of mentor/mentee relationshipsDevelop helpful mentoring toolsContinue to reflect, learn, and grow as mentorsThis resource is sure to inspire critical conversation and fresh insights among all mentors committed to professional growth for themselves and their fellow teachers.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey GlanzPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors1. Reflecting On Your Mentoring Practice: The Story of My Mother's Gravy Why Is Mentoring So Important? How Do You Enhance Your Mentoring Skills? Why Is It Important to Be Reflective About One's Mentoring? Chapter 1 Exercises2. Exploring the Complexity of Mentoring: What it Takes to Be an Effective Mentor Creating an Educative Mentoring Context Guiding a Mentee's Professional Knowledge Development Nurturing the Development of a Mentee's Professional Dispositions Summary Chapter 2 Exercises3. Mentor as Story Weaver: The Case of Darby With Darby Claire Delane The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: A Story Weaver A Glimpse of Darby, Esteban, and the Story Weaver Metaphor in Action Summary For Discussion4. Mentor as Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast: The Case of Kevin With Kevin Berry The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: A Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast A Glimpse of Kevin, Tina, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action A Glimpse of Kevin, Joseph, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action A Glimpse of Kevin, Margaret, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action A Glimpse of Kevin, Crystal, and the Jigsaw Puzzle Enthusiast Metaphor in Action Summary5. Mentor as Tailor: The Case of Robin With Jennifer Jacobs The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: A Tailor A Glimpse of Robin, Diane, and the Tailor Metaphor in Action Summary For Discussion6. Mentor as Coach: The Case of Tracy With Tracy Norman The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: A Coach A Glimpse of Tracy, Jen, and the Coach Metaphor in Action Summary For Discussion7. Mentor as Mirror: The Case of Claudia The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: A Mirror A Glimpse of Claudia, Julia, and the Mirror Metaphor in Action For Discussion8. Mentor as Interior Designer: The Case of Paige With Angela Gregory The Mentor The Mentee The Context The Metaphor: An Interior Designer A Glimpse of Paige, Yolanda, and the Interior Design Metaphor in Action Summary For Discusson9. Mentor as Real Estate Agent: The Case of Wesley The Mentor The Mentees The Context The Metaphor: A Real Estate Agent A Glimpse of Wesley, His Mentees, and the Real Estate Agent Metaphor in Action Summary For Discussion10. Reflecting on a Mentoring Practice: The Story of the Artist Building a Mentor's Pedagogical Toolbox How You Continue Learning and Growing as a Mentor Chapter 10 ExercisesReferencesIndex

About the Author

Diane Yendol-Hoppey is the Director of the Benedum Collaborative and a Professor of Education at West Virginia University. The Benedum Collaborative is one of the oldest school/university partnerships in the nation. Diane spent the first thirteen years of her career in education teaching in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In her work at Penn State, the University of Florida, and West Virginia University, Diane focuses on job-embedded teacher professional development and the cultivation of teacher leadership. Her research explores how powerful vehicles for teacher professional development including teacher inquiry, professional learning communities, and coaching/mentoring can support school improvement. She has authored numerous studies which have appeared in such journals as Teachers College Record and Journal of Teacher Education. She is coauthor (with Nancy Fichtman Dana) of three books, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Classroom Research: Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn through Practitioner Inquiry, The Reflective Educator's Guide to Professional Development: Coaching Inquiry-Oriented Learning Communities and The Reflective Educator's Guide to Mentoring: Strengthening Practice through Knowledge, Story, and Metaphor, all from Corwin Press. Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry.

Reviews

"A useful tool in thinking about how best an individual might approach mentoring. In the act of being reflective, a mentor gains the tools needed to guide a new teacher through a complex system of creating an educative-mentoring context, cultivating the dispositions of a successful educator, and guiding a mentee's professional knowledge development." -- Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews, December 2007 "Mentors who read this book will be challenged to see themselves within the stories. What the text does so well is enable mentors to deeply consider their role and how they live this role within their interactions with new teachers." -- Debra Pitton, Associate Professor of Education "Very appropriate in mentoring programs that provide ongoing support for mentors. Sets the stage for the reader with a thoughtful, proactive context for carrying on the work of mentoring." -- Tom Ganser, Director "Contributes to the growing richness of mentoring literature by using metaphor to connect the reader in a personal way with the intricacies of mentoring-a powerful catalyst for reflection." -- Hal Portner, Educational Consultant

EAN: 9781412938631
ISBN: 1412938635
Publisher: Corwin Press Inc
Dimensions: 25.15 x 17.53 x 1.27 centimetres (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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