Mentor/Mentee Question

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  1. AHS_Fan

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    I have a question regarding a mentor/mentee situation.

    I'm in my 2nd year of teaching, and I have a new mentor this year.

    Recently we had a conference regarding an observation my mentor did of me and a video lesson my mentor viewed of me teaching.

    By and far, the observation part of the conference went well and I was in agreement with what she mentioned. However, I disagree with a lot of the the formal write-up she did of my video lesson.

    Honestly, I feel my mentor marked me down for a lot of petty stuff - including:
    - My bulletin board not being changed since she was in 2 weeks ago. She never mentioned that being a problem nor are we at my school required/encouraged to changed bulletin boards frequently.
    - She marked me down because I did not say something while modeling writing to students; however, the video clearly shows that I did say that repeatedly.
    - That I used wait time to call on students. I waited about 2-3 seconds to call on students. I explained that in the past I struggled with wait time, but my mentor said wait time isn't important.

    Now, with that being said, I feel some of what was mentioned was true. I do think this writing lesson needed work and I feel some of what else was suggested is good for me.

    I expressed some concern over what she had written on the form and was told I could write a response, but to remember that "I'm the menor and you're the beginning teacher."

    Now, I just don't know what to do. What she said isn't totally true, but I don't want to harm our relationship either nor do I want my mentor to talk about me behind my back.

    I just feel super stressed out and now I don't know if I can trust my mentor, ask questions or get help. :(
     
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  3. dave1mo

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    How much weight is placed on a mentor's evaluation in your school/district?

    On a side note, I've read dozens of threads on this forum that either directly or indirectly espouse the importance of bulletin boards in classrooms; maybe it's because I'm a secondary teacher, but who the HELL has time to constantly design and redesign freaking BULLETIN BOARDS?
     
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    I am not totally sure, but I do know your Mentor does have some sway as to whether or not you're placed on probation/monitor growth plan.

    Yes, I agree with you about the bulletin boards! I teach middle school...I certainly don't have time nor the resources to update my bulletin boards weekly!
     
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    I'd gather some more information in a surreptitious manner. If she really doesn't have much sway at all, grin and bear it. If her evaluations are a significant component of overall evaluations or merit, you need to kindly but firmly point out her inconsistencies. "I see what you're saying, but I think I addressed your concern in this part of the lesson. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it more explicit next time?"
     
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    I don't have much time to gather any information as the paperwork has to be complete by 8am tomorrow.

    Would it be okay if I wrote a polite reply on the document mentioning the wait time being a prior issue, but no longer one I need to focus on and how the video did record me saying those things but perhaps the audio/quality may not how shown that clearly? And mention how I feel this lesson could have been stronger and how I think the suggestions are good?
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Mentors are not supervisory in my district.
     
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    That's the way I'm leaning, but I'd hate to give you advice that would be detrimental if mentors do have some supervisory impact in your district.
     

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