When mentoring teachers, watch for the "effect" the teacher is having on the students, "Otherwise, observers come up with pleasant ways of telling teachers how to 'teach like me'. . . ." (Hattie, 2012, p.138).
What kind of teachers do students want and need?
- patient and perservering
- providing variety of learning methods
- empathetic to student limitation
- cultivates thinking within students
- observant assessors of learning
Hattie, J. (2012). Visible learning for teachers: Maximizing impact on learning. New York, NY: Routledge.
Be "intentionally inviting" as you warmly bring students into the lesson with clear goals and an optimistic belief in their success.