TeachThought Day 6: What Does a Good Mentor "Do"?
A good mentor does many things but I think their most important role is to be an unfailing advocate for teaching and demonstrate that vision to their mentee. New teachers need to have believers in their corner. Education is exciting, messy, affirming, and frustrating—mentees must have someone to rely on during the tough times. They need a veteran that has seen the good and the bad but can still say that both of them are in the right profession. There are so many well-meaning people that will try to talk a newer teacher out of classroom teaching. Young teachers deserve to work alongside educators that will guide them through the difficulties and share in their successes, as well.