I have the privilege of being a mentor teacher this semester for a teaching intern. This is not something that I would have volunteered to do. Not because I mind having an intern, but because I have never thought of myself as someone who has much to share with new teachers. I always thought that the teachers who had been teaching for 10+ years were the mentors. My principal came in to ask me while I was in the middle of administering a spelling test. Can you turn your sweet principal down in front of your entire class? I can't! And I am glad that I didn't! This is just one more way that I am stretching myself and I would never have been asked if they didn't think I was qualified. (I must keep reminding myself of that.)
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am OCD and crazy organized. So, of course I had to make a binder for my teacher intern!
I wanted my intern to have a place to keep all of her notes and questions. I also thought it would be a good place to store information about the classroom and schedules.
The first section is all about our classroom...
I included my behavior plan, class rules, homework and small group rotations. I thought that these pages would answer a lot of her questions and be a resource that she can refer back to when needed.
The next section is for schedules and calendars...
In this section, I included a schedule of our typical class day. I also included a map of our math, reading, language and science for the next quarter. Finally, I included some important school dates that she might need to know.
I also included monthly calendars so that she can record any other dates as the quarter moves on.
The last section of the binder is for notes and questions...
I included lots of copies of the notes page. I thought she might think of things as she is observing or teaching that she wants to remember for an assignment or for her future classroom. I have already seen her using these pages! Yay!
When I was an intern, I had 101 questions every day. It can be tough to remember the questions and some days, you just don't have time to ask them. I gave my intern these pages so that she can write questions as soon as she thinks of them. If she doesn't get a chance to talk to me, she can leave this page and I will write my response and get it back to her as soon a possible.
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