Mentors for Pre-service Teaching Interns
A successful quality pre-service teaching experience launches interns on their professional journey to impact the lives of students forever. AACPS selects outstanding teachers who are interested in leadership opportunities to pay forward to the teaching profession by hosting student teachers. By mentoring pre-service teaching interns, teachers are rewarded by furthering the teaching profession, all the while becoming more reflective practitioners on their professional journey. Mentor teachers have the unique chance to positively influence pre-service teachers’ lives and also experience the chance to re-energize their own classroom practices.
Mentor Teacher Attributes:
- Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise. A good mentor is willing to teach what he/she knows and accept the mentee where they currently are in their professional development. Good mentors can remember what it was like just starting out in the field. The mentor does not take the mentoring relationship lightly and understands that good mentoring requires time and commitment and is willing to continually share information and their ongoing support with the mentee.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model. A good mentor exhibits the personal attributes it takes to be successful in the field.
- Takes a personal interest in the mentoring relationship. Good mentors do not take their responsibility as a mentor lightly. They feel invested in the success of the mentee. Usually this requires someone who is knowledgeable, compassionate, and possesses the attributes of a good teacher or trainer. Excellent communication skills are also required.
- Exhibits enthusiasm in the field. A mentor who does not exhibit enthusiasm about his/her job will ultimately not make a good mentor. Enthusiasm is catching and new employees want to feel as if their job has meaning and the potential to create a good life.
- Values ongoing learning and growth in the field. Mentors are in a position to illustrate how the field is growing and changing and that even after many years there are still new things to learn.
- Provides guidance and constructive feedback. One of the key responsibilities of a good mentor is to provide guidance and constructive feedback to their mentee.
- Respected by colleagues and employees in all levels of the organization.
- Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals.
- Values the opinions and initiatives of others. A mentor who values others is also someone who works well in a team environment and is willing to share his/her success.
- Motivates others by setting a good example. List is from “Top 10 Qualities of a Good Mentor”