Chapter 3: Teachers Mentoring Teachers: A View Over Time

McCaughtry, Nate; Kulinna, Pamela Hodges; Cothran, Donetta; Martin, Jeffrey; Faust, Roberta
October 2005
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Oct2005, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p326
Academic Journal
The purpose of this article is to explore one school district's professional development program intended to address the challenges that newer teachers face when learning new curricula. The mentoring program was representative of a reform development opportunity. To begin with, the authors partnered mentors with protégés who had similar types of schools, grades, subjects, and personalities. They matched older and more experienced teachers with the older but newer teachers in the project. The authors matched younger and enthusiastic mentors with younger and enthusiastic protégés. The year-long program offered frequent training with follow-up support at each teacher's school. Teachers worked together in mentor protégés teams on a weekly basis, building emotional and professional relationships often through chat-room communications and on-site school visits. Active learning opportunities were a significant part of every meeting, and all activities were planned with adult learning theory in mind.


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