Section 3: A Closer Look At Reflective Mentoring
Your Personal and Professional Beliefs
At the center of reflective mentoring are the personal and professional beliefs you bring to the work. Our cultural identities impact every facet of our work with teacher candidates and new teachers, including how we communicate, how we view norms of behavior, and how we engage with teaching and learning. Below we ask you to engage in two tasks.
The first, Self-Interrogation of Cultural Norms, asks that you reflect on your own identity and socializing experiences as a vehicle for then understanding your beliefs about teaching, mentoring and learning. The second, Mentoring Readiness Tool, engages you in reflection specifically focused on your mentoring orientation.
Pause & React
Directions: Click each of the links below to create a fillable worksheet in your Google Drive or download as an MS Word file.
Take a few minutes to complete these documents before moving on to complete Module 1. You will be asked to reference these documents in later modules.
Source: TeachingWorks (2019). Interrogating the Self. Ann Arbor, MI.
What does being a reflective mentor mean?