Conducted by the CONNECT Committee in response to several Delegate Assembly resolutions, the Mentoring project will connect a beginning teacher or a pre-service teacher to an experienced MCTM member who will serve as a mentor for a period of at least two years. The mentor will make regular email contact with the beginning teacher and will be available for telephone conversations as well.
While many school districts provide mentors for their new teachers, some do not or the mentor provided does not meet the new teacher's needs. MCTM is providing this service to any teachers in their first few years of teaching that would like to participate. Expected topics of concern might include classroom management, teaching tips, lesson design, mathematics questions, school politics issues and ideas for teaching difficult topics. Ideally, mentors and mentees would meet at MCTM conferences where the mentor will help the mentee attain the maximum benefit from the conference.
If you are a pre-service or beginning teacher and would like to have an MCTM mentor, contact Larry Luck at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 763-784-0084. If you have a colleague who may be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to contact Larry. There is no charge for this service and the only expectation of the new teacher is that they maintain communication with their mentor.
(If you are a student interested in teaching mathematics at the community college level, find out about the MinnMATYC mentoring program by contacting Sara Van Asten, email@example.com. MinnMATYC is the Minnesota Mathematical Association for Two Year Colleges.)
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