Mentor Teacher App
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• The Mentor Teacher app provides convenient ways to keep track of the mentoring process.
• Use of smartphone in the classroom for recording observations of mentee’s practices.
• Touch one of the factors (e.g., pedagogical knowledge) and it highlights practices that align with the factor.
• Strategies are associated with each practice (e.g., “planning” under pedagogical knowledge highlights strategies to use with the mentee for ensuring sound teaching plans)
• Relevant readings are available on the app.
• There are attributes and practices within the five factor model
• The mentor can touch “yes”, “maybe” or “no” as a reflective tool for keeping a track on the mentoring process
• Measures are tallied and can be saved or emailed.
• Tools are provided for the mentor to provide feedback to the mentee.
• Tools are in written or checklist form.
• Tools can be saved and/or emailed.
Face-to-face MET program
All MET programs (MET program online, two-day MET program, and MET for Early Childhood) are approved by NESA (formerly BOSTES NSW) at the highly-accomplished career stage (Standard descriptors: 2.2.3, 2.3.3, 3.1.3, 3.2.3, 3.3.3, 3.4.3, 4.1.3, 4.2.3, 4.3.3, 6.1.2, 6.3.3, and 7.1.3).
The two-day face-to-face MET program is for primary and secondary teachers. Depending on participant numbers, expertly trained MET facilitators can deliver the program at your venue. The cost is $370 per participant. Individuals may register using PayPal or schools may send an invoice request to METprogram2020@gmail.com for teachers to receive a coupon for registration.
Indeed, MET continues to have considerable influence and impact as a face-to-face, train-the-trainer program. For instance, a deputy principal from an Education Queensland state school, who was trained as a MET facilitator, took 18 dedicated teaching staff through the two-day MET program over a weekend.
The deputy principal later wrote in an email, “I truly believe this program has had an impact on the way teachers will mentor in the future. It also had the added benefit of encouraging them to reflect on their own practices and hopefully build mentoring relationships within our staff in the future”.
*Read this document about hosting a MET program at your school: MET program information
*Read the brochure and a program outline here: MET brochure
For more information please email: METprogram2020@gmail.com
MET program for Early Childhood
There is a one-day MET program designed specifically for Early Childhood teachers. This program is NESA approved (formerly Board of Studies, NSW) at the highly accomplished career stage with a certificate of 6.5 hours of professional learning.
Early Childhood teachers have responded very positively to the MET program, for example: “Thanks again… for the training day, it was brilliant and we are already putting in place some of the ideas and strategies you suggested” – Jayne Sanders, Assistant Director at Rainbow Children’s Centre.
This MET program e-flyer for Early Childhood contains the topics, schedule and cost: MET Program for Early Childhood e-flyer
Individual Early Childhood teachers may register using PayPal ($230) or the Centre may request an invoice for registering an Early Childhood teacher. Please contact the MET Team for more information or if you are interested in hosting a MET program in your locality: METprogram2020@gmail.com
Induction and mentoring can assist to build resilience in early-career teachers. Investigate other programs (e.g., BRiTE) that provide information about building teacher resilience.
The BRiTE program contains five online interactive learning modules designed for preservice teachers. Informed by an extensive review of the teacher resilience literature and empirical research, the modules address the following:
- Building resilience: What is resilience and why is it important for teachers?
- Relationships: Building and maintaining relationships
- Wellbeing: Self-care, motivation and managing work life balance
- Taking initiative: Building a resilient classroom, reflection and ongoing learning
- Emotions: Emotional awareness, management and optimism
Each module contains a self-reflection quiz, information about skills and strategies, tips, videos, scenarios where skills can be applied, a ‘what do the experts say’ section (summarising latest research) and connections to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers at the graduate level.
Keep researching into effective mentoring practices and share with your colleagues.
Please contact us if you are interested in further studies involving mentoring, particularly if you wish to enrol in a university mentoring program that leads towards advancement in a Master of Education.
For example, Southern Cross University and Charles Darwin University may provide advance standing into a Master of Education course with successful completion of the MET program, completion of an assessment piece and/or further recognition of prior learning (RPL). Also investigate their MEd coursework, which may further advance your understandings around leadership and mentoring.
We welcome feedback on how to advance the MET program online.
We also welcome reviewing additional resources people may want to flag for us. For example, there are other countries who have standards or competencies for teachers that are not included on this website or maybe you have an excellent example of one of the aspects indicated within the MET program.
The MET Team.