The February Mentoring Memo
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.
Just ASK Mentoring Statistics
- Over 7,000 educators involved in mentoring work have attended one of our national institutes or our district-based mentoring workshops.
- Over 850 of our award-winning Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kits and New Teacher Professional Development Kits are being used in districts across the country.
- Over 600,000 mentors and novice teachers have in their hands our The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook or our new teacher’s book Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?