Timeline of Mentoring Activities Month Activity June/July Before school starts: Make informal contact through letter or phone call Set up informal meeting Share teaching materials, ideas, files Encourage new teacher/s to share their materials, files if any and ideas Share the layout of your school Discipline plan Point people in the building Clarify record keeping/management procedures Locate supplies/resources/books Plan Classroom Management program Share a welcome basket/token Schedule a New Teacher Shower with the other teachers on the team or building. Each teacher brings their best idea, strategy or resource and be prepared to model for the new teacher. Remember to include food. July/August When school starts schedule conference around: Classroom management Activities to get to know students Lesson Planning Pre-assessment of students Grouping students based on pre- assessment, interests and learning style Professional Portfolio overview Discuss local teacher evaluation process Begin planning for Open House Discuss non teaching duties Leave notes of encouragement Parent Communication August/September Increase Emotional Support Curriculum mapping Unit planning Reflection on progress Review classroom management Increase emotional support Plan for district New Teacher Meetings Slowly introduce differentiation September/October Sustain high level of emotional support-send notes, highlight accomplishments of teacher not short comings. Assure teacher that you are there for them. Focus on time management strategies Engage in problem solving Progress reports Discuss Georgia Framework for Teaching Self-Assess on Framework Set Professional Goals and design a plan to achieve those goals- Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Must be related to teaching standards. October/November Emotional support remains high, notes, muffins, cartoons Progress reports Time management Create Lifelines-connect to other new teachers Parent-teacher conferences November/December Maintain high level of emotional support Reflection on successes, purpose for wanting to teach Discuss end of course exams exams/progress reports Revisit curriculum map and set reasonable plans for rest of year Joint planning session December Celebrate successes Maintain emotional support Plan holiday celebration Professional Portfolio January Joint planning of upcoming units Examine opportunities for professional development Discuss local system requirements for student permanent records Mid-year student needs assessment Extensive plans for student achievement Restructure student group Revisit Classroom Management February Explore team teaching opportunities Explore opportunities for new teachers to observe exemplary veteran teacher Focus on student achievement Adjust student grouping Maintain Classroom Management March Continue to focus on student achievement Progress reports April Final preparation for CRCT CRCT Planning for end of year parent- teacher conferences May Focus on Classroom Management Revisit ILP Reflection on year through professional portfolio Identify successes and make plans for future year End of Year-Assessment based on Georgia Framework for Teachers Report Cards End of year procedures CELEBRATE!!!