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Mentoring Teachers
July 23, 2018
Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
-B. W. F. Hegel

In an article in Developing People (part of the Art of Leadership series), Marcy Whitebook and Dan Bellm offer a set of core principles to use when mentoring early childhood teachers. Here are a few:

  • The growth and development of children, and of adults, in early childhood settings are vitally linked.
  • Like children, most adults learn best by having practical, job-related, hands-on opportunities to apply new ideas and information to real-life situations…
  • The first years of teaching are an especially important time for learning and growing, but effective mentoring can occur at any stage of an educator’s career…
  • In order to be most effective, a mentor should be trained as one…
  • Mentoring is not the same as supervision.
  • A mentor is also a learner, and needs support, both as a teacher and as a learner.

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Comments (3)

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JOYCE LOMA · August 01, 2018
Department of Education
Bogtong, Legaspi City, Philippines

Is this book available in bookstores worldwide? Thank you.

Tammy Steele · July 23, 2018
retired Early Childhood Consultant
Chicago, IL, United States

Mentors are important, Agreed. Could use greater explication of the many ways in which mentors are the same and different than supervisors.

Arlene DeCicco · July 23, 2018
McKor Shalon Nursery
Cherry Hill, NJ, United States

Great article to read. Do you think that first of all, we should be engaging with children to see how they view things at an early age? A matter of developing a somewhat good understanding of children.

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