In Kimberly Long’s article about ‘Eight Qualities of a Great Teacher Mentor’ (Education Week Teacher), she provides some sensible ideas for being a great teacher mentor. We’ve taken her ideas one step further, though.
As someone that’s been fortunate to have had two great mentors, I believe it’s important for mentor teachers to be inspirational. In part, this means having a very high level of education and a demonstration of life-long learning in the classroom. The number of year of experience is meaningless without continual and active self development.
Check out Kimberly’s article ‘Eight Qualities of a Great Teacher Mentor’) here: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/09/30/ctq_long_mentor.html