What makes a good mentor

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What makes a good mentor by Mind Map: What makes a good mentor

1. Experiences of mentor as student teacher

1.1. Better positioned to offer informed guidance & support

2. Own background

3. Knows what can make a good teacher

3.1. Shows pride in teaching, can encourge that

3.2. Knows how to build on students experience

4. Knows QTS policy

5. Knows Government policy

5.1. Existing

5.2. Changing

6. Knows University policy

6.1. Comprehension of paperwork required

7. Knows teaching

7.1. Understands own cohort of students

7.1.1. Knows when to step in/out

7.1.2. Knows relevant differentiation techniques

8. Has good teacher defining qualities

8.1. Forms inspiration for student teacher

9. Accessible/approachable

9.1. Organised

10. Knows school policy

10.1. Knows of other school's policies

11. Is willing

11.1. To act as mentor

11.2. To share knowledge

11.2.1. Thought processing

11.2.1.1. Ideas

11.2.1.1.1. Dialogue journal

11.3. To share resources

11.3.1. Files/physical resources

11.3.2. Links to community

11.3.3. Direct environment

11.4. To invest time

11.4.1. Is able to balance own schedule/commitments

11.5. Sees benefits in being mentor

11.5.1. Is confident enough to reflect on own practice through student experience.

11.6. To guide praxis, not impose

11.6.1. Able to offer constructive advice

11.7. To build relationship with student teacher(s)

12. Knows subject area

12.1. Understands how to teach subject area

13. Secure knowledge of the school syllabus and framework

14. Informed decision by school regarding appointment of mentors

14.1. What are the school criteria for mentors?

15. Provide credibility for student teacher

15.1. Protect

15.2. Support

15.3. Promote

16. Has links outside of current school

16.1. Research

16.2. Community

16.3. Other schools

17. Can helpfully judge/considers relevant detail

17.1. meso, micro, holistic levels

17.2. Can offer observations in combination with experience at useful level