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November 9, 2023

Mentorship Best Practices

What does it take to be a great mentor? Which methods are the most helpful to new teachers? Read this list for quick-hitting, best practices for mentorship.

  • Think of yourself as a “Learning Facilitator” rather than someone with all the answers. Help your mentee find people and resources beyond your experience and wisdom.
  • Emphasize questions over advice-giving. Use probes that help your mentee think more broadly and deeply. If he/she talks only about facts, ask about feelings. Help/him or her see the big picture.
  • When requested, share your own experiences. Limit the urge to resolve an issue for him/her, but allow them to find solutions on their own.
  • Resist the temptation to control the relationship, and steer its outcomes. Your prodigy is responsible for his/her own growth.
  • Build your mentee’s confidence through supportive
  • feedback.
  • Encourage and inspire.
  • Help your mentee see their own successes.
  • Be spontaneous. Beyond your planning conversations, call or email out of the blue.
  • Reflect on your own mentoring practice.
  • Enjoy the privilege of mentoring. Your efforts will have a sound effect on the mentee’s career.

Want to share these tips with a colleague? Download mentorship best practices as a PDF for easy sharing!

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