|I believe there is a big
difference between seeing an opportunity and seizing an
opportunity for professional growth. I seized an
opportunity by inviting Dr. Tim Graeff as my mentor to assist
me in bringing out my very best teaching skills. On my
initial visit with Tim, I was handed a book that contained
excellent information about effective teaching practices and
research. Over the year, Tim observed my class five times
and debriefed me after each observation. Not only did I
get a detailed descriptive report about my teaching from Tim,
but I also received a wealth of information during our
Tim has helped me reframe and refine my pedagogical practice
in new ways, suggesting such tools as a learning log for
recording my use of certain strategies and outcomes.
Overall, my mentoring experience ca be best described as
"thought provoking, insightful, professional, and fun!
When it ended, I was reminded about the question Mosley
raises: "Why be afraid of something we want?" I
wanted to be the best teacher I could be. What are you
waiting for? GET A MENTOR...you'll love the experience
just as I have.
The mentoring program is a great opportunity to be trained by a seasoned professor that has been nationally recognized and awarded for exceptional teaching. The mentor patiently provided instruction and supervision in all aspects of pedagogy, building confidence in basic teaching skills and interpersonal connections with students. My teaching skills have improved considerably since working with the Mentoring Program. It was a delightful experience and answered many questions I had as a new assistant professor.
The Good Mentor