Mentor Professional Development

Interested in learning more about mentorship practices and the co-teaching model? We have collected a list of resources and tools teachers can use to develop their capacity as mentors to student teaching candidates.

1. What makes a good mentor?

Read about six “basic but essential” qualities good mentors possess.

Co-Teaching2. There’s a lot you can do to intentionally foster a successful classroom partnership with your student teacher.

Read Douglas B. Larkin’s article 10 Things to Know About Mentoring Student Teachers.

Then take this self-assessment quiz on topics covered by the article.

3. As seen in the video at the top of the page, SPU uses the co-teaching model, a process of sharing ideas between mentor and candidate.

To learn more, watch our video on Cooperative Teaching: A Model for Integrating Student Teachers.

Then take this self-assessment quiz, which covers methods for integrating student teachers.

This Co-Teaching Placemat can aid in planning when you will practice various co-teaching methods with your candidate, and includes helpful discussion questions.

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4. Working with adult learners is a different kind of teaching. 

Watch this video on Working with Adult Learners.

Then take this self-assessment quiz to test your knowledge.

5. Providing clear communication and effective feedback is key to a successful mentor relationship.

Read about how to improve communication with student teachers

Examine these Feedback Principles and these Seven Keys to Effective Feedback.

_MG_57196. We teach our candidates that culturally responsive teaching matters.

Familiarize yourself with what your student teacher is learning by reading “Culturally Responsive Teaching Matters,” “Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care,” and ”Profoundly Multicultural Questions.”

7. Teacher reflection can be a valuable tool to promote student teacher growth.

Watch this video to learn about different models of teacher reflection.

Note that student teachers include written reflections on their experience during their internships.

8. You can use your mentoring work as evidence of your leadership in your TPEP evaluation. This presentation on TPEP & Mentor Teachers will show you how.

9. Learn about the desired characteristics of a mentoring relationships using this Self-Assessment Rubric from Mentoring Matters.

10. There are many places where you can find online mentor teaching resources and communities. Need a place to start?

  • Education World provides news, articles, and more.
  • Mentor Modules offers free online multimedia workshops and resources for developing mentors.