Post information and resources that will be helpful to mentor teachers here.

This page is devoted to exploring mentoring as a form of leadership, teaching, and learning
in foreign language education through questions such as:
  • What is mentoring and how does it differ from other forms of teaching and learning?
  • What are some of the strategies that effective mentors use?
  • In what ways might mentoring be considered a form of leadership?
  • How might mentoring be used to support students? Beginning teachers? Colleagues? Professional Learning Communities? Other organizations?
  • How might mentoring be used as a tool for initiating, implementing, and sustaining change?

Practical Tools for Mentors

ASSIST Beginning Teachers - Information for beginning teachers, mentors, and administrators. This particular link will take you to resources that you can use to systematically observe and provide feedback to mentees. Be sure to explore the other links on the site

Mentoring Relationships

Mentoring Functions - Helpful table that outlines key things mentors can do for mentees, how those functions support mentees, and potential benefits and risks to mentors

external image msword.png Mentor Intern Orientation Questions.doc - Questions designed to help facilitate the critical conversations that mentors and student teachers need to have in order to establish productive working relationships

Phases of Mentoring Relationships - Page summarizes the research on the phases typically involved in mentoring relationships with lots of helpful charts

3 Stances - Consultative, Collaborative, & Coaching - PowerPoint slide that outlines the 3 key stances mentors can take when consulting with a mentee

True Colors Quiz - How might this information influence your work as a mentor, leader, and change agent?

Trust Building in the Mentoring Relationship - Handout re: factors that influence trust building in mentoring.

Validation - Helpful list of strategies and phrases you can use to help expand mentees' perspectives


Observation Checklists & Forms - Several forms that can be downloaded as PDFs that mentors can use to provide feedback to mentees re: specific aspects of teaching and learning.

Providing Feedback

Giving Feedback to Student Teachers

Giving & Receiving Feedback - Simple, research-based pages that list key aspects of giving and receiving feedback


Mentor Self-Assessment Rubric - Laura Lipton's self-assessment rubric for mentors, reformatted so that it is much easier to read and all fits on one page.

Writing Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation: Writing Suggestions for Cooperating Teachers & University Supervisors

Sample Letters of Recommendation - An extensive collection of sample cover letters and letters of recommendation for a variety of professions


The Function of Talk in the Tutorial Conversation - Discussion section of this empirical article has interesting implications for the potential relationship that may exist between security with one's sense of professional identity and one's pedagogical choices--esp. when working in a mentoring relationship

Ganser, Tom. (1997, Winter). What are the important mentor roles? MLRN's Mentor Journal, 1. Retrieved February 21, 2007, from - This article provides results of a study on mentoring roles based on interview data from 26 participants.


Lipton, Laura, Wellman, Bruce, & Humbard, Carlette. (2003). Mentoring matters: A practical guide to learning-focused relationships. Sherman, CT: MiraVia, LLC. ISBN 0-9665022-2-1.
This teacher-friendly book contains information regarding the tensions inherent in mentoring new teachers, offers practical strategies for balancing these tensions, outlines verbal techniques for mediating thinking, and provides a useful collection of reproducible inventories, rubrics, templates, and other tools to support both mentors and mentees. Image source:

Lundberg, Gary, & Joy Lundberg. (2000). I don't have to make everything all better: Six practical principles that empower others to solve their own problems while enriching your relationships. NY: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-028643-8.

Mora, Richard, & Evashevski, Marion. (2006, Spring). An open and honest conversation about the mentoring-mentee relationship. Kappa Delta Pi Record. For a shorter summary of this article, visit Coach's Corner: A Conversation Between Mentor and Mentee

The Power in Your Words - Excellent, brief article. Key ideas include: Words are both descriptive AND deterministic. Words leaders use should describe PATHWAYS from where we are now to the change we hope to achieve, not simply outline problems.


A Hat for Ivan - A children's picture book by Max Lucado (available in multiple languages) that offers some meaningful insight into mentor-intern relationships (although that was certainly not the intent of the book when the author wrote it, I'm sure)!

Mentoring - Annotated list of books and videos related to mentoring.

Mentoring Preservice EFL Primary Teachers - Useful in identifying factors to consider re: mentor training in FL

Mentoring Resources - Annotated list of resources related to mentoring. Includes Charlotte Danielson, Garmston & Wellman, Barry Sweeny, Harry Wong, etc., plus professional organizations.

NNELL Mentoring, Leadership, & Change Institute: Mentoring

See also: Info. From Your Field Instructors, For Methods Instructors, Preparation for Student Teaching