Mentoring vs induction

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Mentoring v. Induction 1 Mentoring vs. induction Programs Tonia Stoneman AED/201 HeatherColdani February 20, 2011
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When becoming a new teacher, there are programs out there to help you acclimate you to the teaching profession. Many people misuse the words mentoring and induction. “Induction is a process – a comprehensive, coherent, and sustained professional development process. It is organized by a school or district to train, support, and retain new teachers and seamlessly progresses them into a lifelong learning program (Wong, 2004).” Mentoring is an action. A mentor is a single person, whose basic function is to help a new teacher. A mentor is a basic component of the induction process. It is not for sustained professional learning (Wong, 2004). Mentoring is only effective when it is part of an induction program. It is probably the most important part of the induction program. An induction program is not effective without mentoring services. Mentoring programs consist of experienced teachers who provide guidance and support for beginning teachers (textbook). Mentoring programs are designed to provide professional support during the first years of teaching. Most mentoring programs give emotional support to beginning teachers. Induction programs consist of mentors and other supplemental programs to enhance teachers as professionals. They have career enrichment programs and vocational training classes. The North Caroling Teaching Fellows Commission (1995) says, “Giving a teacher a mentor ‘only’ is a convenient and unconsciously foolish way for an administrator to divorce himself or herself from the leadership required to bring a beginning teacher up to a professional maturity level.” It is recommended that school districts provide a multiyear induction program to enhance
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