The Teacher Tip

Reach Out to a Potential Mentor

April 13, 2017

Adapted from Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching by Meenoo Rami


It can be intimidating to ask someone for help. However, it may be a great pleasure or honor for someone to know that you see her as such a person, and you will never know until you ask. It’s always helpful to tell the person what you admire about his or her work or character and the reason why you specifically sought out this person’s help. Finally, it’s a good idea to be specific about the help you’d like. A few examples of how you might work with a mentor:

·       Checking in with your mentor when you are facing a big decision or when you have a quick question.

·       Finding time to see your mentor in action—sitting in on your mentor’s class, or sitting beside your mentor to watch planning in action.

·       Asking your mentor to talk through a specific issue with you.

·       Inviting your mentor to observe you at work with a particular lens and to share his/her impressions and suggestions.

·       Asking your mentor to recommend resources, books, and other tools.

To learn more about  Thrive: 5 Ways to (Re)Invigorate Your Teaching and to download a sample chapter, click here. 

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