Mentor feedback and self-reflection are crucial to the success of new teachers, but challenges such as substitute shortages, travel concerns, and inefficient processes often get in the way. In addition, when districts do find technology solutions that help, it can be difficult to overcome resistance to adopting yet another software tool.
In order for the mentoring relationship to be successful, there must be buy-in from the new teacher when it comes to receiving feedback about their practice. Providing a method for new teachers to self-reflect and mentors to give feedback without leaving their own classrooms, enables these meaningful conversations. It is also important to acknowledge the uncertainty that comes with adopting a new program, no matter how great the promised benefits.
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