I have a wonderfully effective mentoring relationship with my mentor teacher.The guidance and constructive criticism she has given me has really shaped my teaching ability. She has taught me a lot about differentiating lessons for students with special needs and classroom management. We keep in touch outside of school by phone, email, and facebook. She always answers my endless number of questions about teaching and what works best with her students at Suncrest Middle.
Soon I will be taking on a project with my mentor teacher to make special modifications for one of her special education students. This is one way that we are both benefiting from the mentoring relationship. I am benefiting by seeing how a completely new type of modification can completely change how one student learns in the classroom while she is benefiting by ideas I bring to this situation.
I am excited that I will have the opportunity to work with my mentor teacher during my intern year when I will really have the opportunity to apply what my mentor teacher has taught me about teaching at the middle school level.