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.