The February Mentoring Memo

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Each issue of Just ASK’s Mentoring Memo features a mentoring calendar for the current time of the year. The February mentoring calendar is included in this issue. This monthly calendar, excerpted and updated from The 21stCentury Mentor’s Handbook, offers suggestions for mentoring actions to support novice teachers and teachers new to the district. When you check out the calendar, you will quickly see how useful they can be in your mentoring work.

Download the February Calendar


Featured Tool
Student Engagement Self-Assessment

This month’s tool is an comprehensive self-assessment of best practices for actively engaging all students. The original version of this tool was published as part of an issue of Just for the ASKing! entitled “Engaging Experiences.” I took excerpts from that checklist and combined them with some suggestions I originally included in Instruction for All Students.

I recently used this self-assessment with teacher leaders in our workshop series Closing the Engagement Gap. As their final exercise in the four day series, small groups selected ten items from the checklist that they thought were the most important to share with new teachers. The thinking and discussion that ensued was amazing. If you are fortunate enough to be working with a mentor team, that exercise might be really useful for you. Another use is to use it directly with the novice teachers with whom you have the privilege of working.  


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