Any teacher has vivid memories of their first classroom – some recalled with pride and others with regret. Advice from a caring “work mom” can make all the difference. Veteran mentor Amber Chandler shares how she helps novices through the year with frankness and encouragement.
How can seasoned educators improve teacher retention rates? By helping new colleagues address two retention factors – student behavior and classroom climate – says middle grades veteran Sharon Ratliff. “Let’s show them how to manage their school of fish without being a shark.”
Whether it’s our students or our colleagues, the mentor relationship is a win-win for mentor and mentee. As mentors, we can realize a unique personal fulfillment and grow as a listener, a coach, a friend, a leader. And one day, our mentees may decide to “pay it forward.”