Day Six: Two Traits of a Good Mentor

There are two traits required for Effective Mentorship:

1) Close physical proximity and an open door policy...
The only time I was a good mentor was when I worked directly across the hall from my mentee. Since she didn’t know what she needed help with until the moment it needed to happen, she had to be able to ask questions and get quick answers. For example, five minutes before a conference, when grades are due to be posted, after a parent phone call,…. I could help her as the moments evolved.

2) A positive attitude. This is really important. New teachers can be swayed “to the dark side” if they get the wrong mentor. Some teachers are better than others at instilling a productive attitude in others, so choose mentors judiciously.