If we lived in a perfect world, you would have a chance to meet your mentor before school starts. But many times, the reality is that you are meeting him/her on the first day of school. Get to know your mentor.
Don't always expect your mentor to come to you. It's a two-way relationship. They aren't mind readers and can't anticipate all of your issues and concerns. If possible, set up a regular daily meeting time with your mentor.
Here are a few other tips to help you adjust to having a mentor:
- Ask to visit your mentor's classroom to see other approaches to teaching. Invite your mentor to your classroom. Ask for feedback on your techniques and style.
- Don't reinvent the wheel. Before you begin developing a unit, find out what materials or thoughts your mentor has.
- Let your mentor know that his/her help is appreciated.
- Keep an open mind. You may learn a lot from your mentor and at the same time your mentor can learn from you.