Mentoring is a partnership created to help and assist mentees to reach the highest levels of professional and personal development.
Effective mentoring programme should aim at the following:
- Identifying and meeting mentees’ personal and professional needs.
- Facilitating the growth of mentees personally and professionally.
- Providing mentees with ongoing support, professional conversations and supervision.
- Reducing the problems that mentees may encounter during their teaching practices.
- Supporting development of mentees’ knowledge and skills.
- Providing mentees with the opportunity to analyze and reflect on their job and roles.
- Building a theoretical foundation with mentees for teaching and learning.
- Providing mentees with various resources to get information.
- Developing mentees’ understanding of teaching strategies, delivery skills and classroom management procedures.
- Familiarizing mentees with subject content concepts and activities that facilitate learning.
- Supporting mentees’ understanding and implementing of various means of students’ assessment in the classroom.
Key stones in any mentoring programme:
- Active listening.
- Classroom observation and teacher conferencing.
- Role modeling for teachers.
- Giving and receiving feedback.
- Leading reflective professional conversations.
The supervisor should concern for creating a successful relationship with the teachers from the first day of the school year. This will make teachers enthusiastic, respectful and admirable of their work and their supervisor. Considering that, the supervisor should:
- Explain what he can offer to the teachers clarifying that his goal is to collaborate with them to develop their and the students’ four language skills, listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- Ask to observe a class declaring that his goal is not to watch how the teacher teaches but in order to learn along with the teacher.
- Give suggestions and ideas that can be put into use and be ready to collaborate with the teachers to implement them.
- Provide teachers with basic teaching resources that can be used and adapted for the students creatively.
- Role model some teaching practices getting the class engaged and motivated.
- Guide teachers to write focused and meaningful objectives to lessons.
- Help teachers to reflect on their teaching by providing them with the time to contemplate on the day’s lesson.
- Convey encouragement and support along with professional respect and personal interest.
In closing, supervisors should be eager and excited of teaching and learning and share these positive feelings with their teachers. Being active listener and giving the feeling of partnership are responsible to give teachers a head start along the school year.