Mentoring has been defined as a “nurturing process in which a skilled or more experienced person, serving as a role model, teaches, sponsors, encourages, counsels a less skilled or less experienced person for the purpose of promoting the latter’s professional and/or personal devel- opment” (Anderson & Shannon, 1988, p. 40). Given the complex challenges facing beginning teachers, mentoring is an effective element in teacher induction programs (Griffin, Winn, Otis-Wilborn, & Kilgore, 2003). By help- ing increase early-career teachers’ satisfaction and self- confidence, mentoring can help reduce attrition (Whit- aker, 2001). This article demonstrates 20 ways to strengthen the mentoring process by providing practical suggestions for mentors and mentees about how to be successful as they work together.
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