With the help of Saluda School District, we were able to gain some insight from mentors and their Induction teachers about how things are going during this period of distance learning. Differentiated mentoring means meeting new teachers where they are and adjusting our roles to meet their needs as they evolve.
What needs did Saluda's Induction teachers say were most important right now?
Availability and Moral Support
This district has encouraged their new teachers to use this time to learn something. Each new teacher is deciding on a topic they want to learn more about, and then they will read an article related to the topic with their mentor. They can also work in teams to learn with others interested in the same topic. Each new teacher will provide a written summary on a shared document to showcase their learning. This is just one example of how mentors can continue to help the new teachers identify TLOs and work towards improved practice.