MentorshipCelebrating You! April 28, 2011
Essential Questions: • What are my greatest areas of strength? • What are my growing edges? • What have I accomplished this year? • What makes a worthwhile mentorship program?
Our Agenda: • Reflecting on our Learning • Coaching Conversation BREAK • Around the World • Reflecting on Mentorship LUNCH
Reflecting on Our Learning This Year!
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 1 You are listening to jazz -- Your first day at work is great. Your fellow teachers are wonderful, your classroom is cute, you love your students, and your principal is the best!
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 2 You are listening to pop music -- After a while you are so busy that you are not sure if you're coming or going anymore.
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 3 You are listening to heavy metal -- This is what you feel like after ONE month.
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 4 You are listening to hip hop -- You become bloated due to stress, you're gaining weight due to lack of exercise because you are so tired and have so much school work to do when you get home, you feel sluggish. Your fellow teachers are too cheerful for your liking and the walls of your classroom are closing in. You have started thinking 'WHATEVER' about your principal.
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 5 You are listening to GANGSTA RAP -- After more time passes, your eyes start to twitch, you forget what a 'good hair day' feels like as you just fall out of bed and load up on caffeine.
6 Phases of Teaching PHASE 6 You are listening to the voices in your head -- You have locked your classroom door to keep people out, You wonder WHY you are even here in the first place and WHY did I become a teacher!
Scan the contracts of employment. What questions do you have? What have you accomplished professionally over the past two months as a new or experienced classroom teacher? What have been some highlightsthis year? Reflective Conversation
Around the World • You will form a team of one mentor and his/her protégée(s) • On GO one person will race to the front, place their name on the envelope & take TWO puzzle piece back to the table. • Play will continue on the wiki by clicking on Around the World • Collect a puzzle piece for every station completed!
Say Something • Sitting with your Mentor/Protégé or a partner, individually, read to the designated stopping point. * • When each partner is ready, stop and “Say Something” (e.g., an example, a connection to your work, a significant point) 3. Continue the process to the final stopping point.
The Mentorship Program • New teacher induction week • 5 meetings throughout the year • ½ day meeting • ½ day planning • Time provided for mentor/protégé meetings
Placemat Feedback 1. Groups of 3 - 4 2. Personal Reflection (own space) Think about the article you read and your experience with mentorship: • What should we keep doing? • What should we stop doing? • An “out of the box” idea to enhance the mentorship program!
Placemat Feedback 2. Group Reflection (key ideas in the middle) • What should we keep doing? • What should we stop doing? • An “out of the box” idea to enhance the mentorship program! 3. Large group debrief
Wrap Up Being a Teacher is Like Being a Cat Herder