Mentoring Novice Teachers

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Today, is the second day of my 4-day “Mentoring Novice Teachers” workshop conducted by the SEED Institute Singapore. We were fed with many information,  but the one that I will share in this blog is the mentoring system.

The following are the steps often followed by organizations to start and sustain a meaningful mentoring process:

  1. Define the business case for mentoring. Why do you need to mentor your teachers? What is your justification? Do you want to increase retention rate of your teachers? Do you want to improve your teachers’ quality of teaching? In this step, you are to clarify the need to mentor by identifying the area where your mentoring will focus on.

  2. Establish a mentoring strategy. This is the point where the senior management and others will come together to set up long term and short term goals. Also, they will design strategies and plan the mentoring implementation.

  3. Select mentees and mentors. The steering committee will define the criteria for selecting and matching mentors and mentees. The criteria will be the basis in identifying who will be the mentees and who will mentor them.

  4. Provide mentor and mentee skill training. Send mentors for mentoring course. Mentoring program will be successful if mentors are provided with formal training.

  5. Link up mentees and mentors. Create a mentoring agreement that will include the goals and objectives of both the mentors and mentees, how and when they will meet the objectives set, and the confidentiality of their agreement.

  6. Begin the mentoring process. The mentoring process has various stages such as introduction, foundation, orientation. collaboration, personal framework, professional framework, professional development and transition. Make sure to go over with your mentees all these processes until you have achieved your goals.

  7. Evaluate the program. Check whether the mentee has met the objectives set at the beginning of the program. Also, identify how successful was the program in achieving the business case goals like retention rate of teachers or developing teachers’ skills. To formally end the program, mentor and mentee can decide whether they want to continue the mentoring or stop as the mentee has shown confidence in doing assigned task independently.

I hope you have something to take away from this sharing. Happy mentoring! Bring out the best from your mentee!

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Innovation Guidance Project 2016 – “The Earth We Share” Training

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It was on the 24th of May when we attended the IGP training at the Science Centre. This was conducted by the ECDA personnel and the Science Centre staff. The ECDA personnel oriented us about the Innovation Guidance Project that we would undertake. Thereafter, the Science Centre staff took over and gave us various engaging activities that we could do for the children. They also toured us around the Science Centre and showed us what they had for future field trips that could strengthen children’s learning.

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The staff of Science Centre showed us the replica of the Earth where teachers can bring their students for them to understand better the Layers of the Earth such as the core, mantle and crust.

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After the tour, we did some hands-on activities like the water cycle experiment whereby hot water was poured in a jar and a tray of ice cubes were placed on top. Minutes passed by, the moisture appeared and then began to drop. The hot water stands for “evaporation”, the ice cubes stands for “condensation” and the moisture stands for the “precipitation”.

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Another activity to explain why it rains is placing cottons on top of a sack cloth and pouring water on it. After how many minutes, water started to drop.

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Before we left the Eco Garden, we scooped 500ml of water in the pond to be used in our water filtration activity.

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Lastly, we made a terrarium. We put pebbles and soil in the jar before planting. We watered the plants and closed the lid.