Mentoring for New ESL Hires

Have you ever thought about assigning some of your more experienced teachers, or qualified staff members, to act as mentors for your new hires? Studies show that new teachers are most likely to leave a new position because they feel a lack of support. Knowing that, wouldn’t it make sense to give them all they need in the form of a mentor?

If you think that a mentoring program might work in your organization, you first need to think about your overall goal. Is it to increase the training of your new teachers, or simply to act as a support system in that all-important settling-in period? Whatever your motivating factor is, be sure include these facets in your plan:

    * The mentor should observe classes taught by the new teacher and offer advice and advanced teaching techniques that the new teacher might not be aware of.
    * The mentor should also be available for helping plan lessons and examinations for the first few months of the new semester.
    * The mentor should not only concentrate on the new teacher’s academic life, but also help with cultural issues in her personal life, as well. (Such as being a help with finding living accommodations, shopping for food, and just being an all-around friend and guide in a new environment.) This can be true in any situation where the teacher has moved to a new location, but it is especially important when the teacher is experiencing a new culture for the first time.

Like the idea? Check it out in more depth at The Mentoring Leadership & Resource Network at: http://www.mentors.net/

By Michelle Simmons