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Being Mentored
A Guide for Proteges


June 2002 | 96 pages | Corwin

"This is the best book on how to ask for help and search out opportunities if you want to be an effective teacher."
Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School: How to Be An Effective Teacher 

Take responsibility for your own learning by learning from others.

As a new teacher, you need help! The inspiration and encouragement which mentorship provides is crucial during the first (and toughest) months of teaching. This book gives you all you need to fully recognize and utilize the valuable rewards uncovered throughout the mentoring process.

Thought-provoking and action-generating discussions reveal how to become a proactive protégé, making this book a wonderful resource in the preparation of prospective teachers. A step-by-step approach illustrates the unique perspective of receiving mentorship, and how to make the most of it. Topics discussed include:

  • Building trust and clarifying communication
  • Identifying who does what
  • Learning from watching
  • Deciding where to focus your efforts
  • Planning your professional growth

Before you can profit from experience, you must acquire it. This book reveals the unique skills necessary to interpret and put to use the guidance, wisdom, instruction, and assistance of a mentor and become a self-empowered, proactive protégé.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. Participate
Take the Initiative

 
Developing the Relationship Takes Time

 
Earn and Keep Your Mentor's Trust

 
Clarify Communication

 
 
2. Take Responsibility
Don't Wait, Instigate

 
Feedback and How to Receive It

 
When to Give Feedback

 
Mismatched Mentoring Relationships

 
Responsibility to Yourself

 
Responsibility to Others

 
Get to Know Your Principal

 
Clarify Ground Rules Early

 
 
3. Observe
Be an Objective Observer

 
What to Observe

 
Expand Your View

 
Don't Imitate, Create

 
 
4. Ask
Whom to Ask

 
Where to Ask

 
How to Ask

 
What to Ask For

 
Why Ask?

 
 
5. Chart Your Course
Find Out What You Don't Know

 
Set Priorities

 
Identify Resources

 
The Power of Planning

 
 
6. Network
Support From Collegial Groups

 
Guidelines for Support and Discussion Groups

 
Networking on the Internet

 
Working With College and University Professors and Cohorts

 
 
7. Take Informed Risks
Look Before You Leap

 
Should You or Shouldn't You?

 
Help the Risk Succeed

 
Risk With Conviction

 
 
8. Reflect
Keep a Professional Learning Journal

 
Guided Reflection

 
Focused Reflection

 
 
9. Give Back
Leave a Legacy

 
Be a Change Agent

 
Experienced Newcomers

 
The Gift of Renewal

 
 
Resource A: Internet Sites and Publications for New Teachers
 
Resource B: Professional Education Organizations and Their Web Pages
 
Resource C: Chatboard Exchange on the Internet
 
References

"This is the best book on how to ask for help and search out opportunities if you want to be an effective teacher."

Harry K. Wong, Author
The First Days of School: How to Be An Effective Teacher

"Being Mentored: A Guide for Protégés, is especially unique. Most books related to mentoring address the mentors or the mentoring program instead of the mentee."

Mentoring and Tutoring, Vol. 13, Issue 1, 2005
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