Mentoring Proposal

Introduction

I have chosen to mentor L.C. because when I was a first year teacher last year, she mentored me in everything to help me become a successful kindergarten teacher. I do not use the word “everything” lightly. I was completely lost when I was hired as a kindergarten teacher the day before school started last year. I had exactly a half-day of substituting in kindergarten as my experience with the grade level. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, which is a hard place to be the day before meeting my students for the first time. L.C. helped me with curriculum, homework, planning, field trips, fire drills, and organizing my classroom. Her door was always open to me. She would greet me with a smile and she was always kind and compassionate to me. The one thing I can do for L.C. is help her with technology. When I learned that I was to mentor a colleague, I knew I wanted to help L.C. When I told her about the assignment, she was just as excited as I am about it. L.C. has been teaching for over fifteen years. She isn’t afraid to try new things, but she needs technology support. I recently found out that her SmartBoard cord is bad and that is why her SmartBoard does not work. L.C. would like to learn how to use her SmartBoard more effectively. She would like to be able to use it with our current math curriculum instead of using the document camera. She would also like to learn how to make a math game to use on her SmartBoard and find resources where she can find additional educational games and instruction to help engage her students in learning. I hope to come up with a better understanding of how to mentor others in our building through this experience with L.C.

Timeline and Plan

Week One (Planning Session): Using the SmartBoard with Envision Math Curriculum to increase engagement.

  • Get a SmartBoard cord (already looking for one)
  • Show L.C. where and how to find our Envision Math Common Core Review and Quick Check Worksheets online. This way she can use her SmartBoard to display, model and scaffold for her students instead of using the document camera
  • Demonstrate how to use the SmartBoard with the Envision Math Student Edition math mats
  • Discuss upcoming math units and pick a lesson to use for SmartBoard Game
  • Pick a day for her to use the SmartBoard Common Core Review, Quick Check Worksheet and Student Edition mat mats
  • Give L.C. survey papers for her students to fill out after they use the SmartBoard for math (See Attachment A)
  • Give L.C. a questionnaire for her to fill out after she uses the SmartBoard for math (See Attachment B)

Week Two (Discussion and Planning Session): Debrief on SmartBoard Envision math lesson and discuss L.C.’s questionnaire. Troubleshoot any issues. Plan another lesson that allows students to use the SmartBoard during the math lesson.

  • Discuss the lesson as a whole. Then talk about what went well, what did not go well, and what she would like to change or try next time
  • Discuss student survey results and her thoughts about their engagement
  • Plan the next Envision math lesson and specifically look for places for students to use the SmartBoard during the lesson
  • Discuss upcoming math lessons and pick a lesson to use for SmartBoard Game
  • Plan a simple game that we can make using the Smart Notebook
  • Pick a day for her math lesson and allow students to use the SmartBoard
  • Give L.C. survey papers for her students to fill out after they use the SmartBoard for math (See Attachment A)
  • Give L.C. a survey for her to fill out after she uses the SmartBoard for math (See Attachment B)

Week Three (Discussion and Planning Session): Debrief on SmartBoard Envision math lesson and discuss L.C.’s questionnaire. Troubleshoot any issues. Discuss which days next week she will dedicate to using her SmartBoard for math (and allow student use too). Discuss other teaching subjects and use of the SmartBoard (Reading? Writing? Science Spin?) Begin creating the SmartBoard Game.

  • Discuss the lesson as a whole. Then talk about what went well, what did not go well, and what she would like to change or try next time
  • Discuss student survey results and her thoughts about their engagement
  • Discuss whether she feels comfortable in using her SmartBoard for math and how many days she will commit to using it next week for math
  • Discuss if she is using her SmartBoard for other teaching subjects and which subject she would like to try
  • Plan a lesson and day for her to use the SmartBoard with Reading, Writing or Science Spin
  • Begin creating the SmartBoard game in Smart Notebook
  • Give L.C. survey papers for her students to fill out after they use the SmartBoard for reading, writing or science lesson (See Attachment A)
  • Give L.C. a survey for her to fill out after she uses the SmartBoard for reading, writing, or science lesson (See Attachment C)

Week Four (Discussion and Planning Session): Debrief on SmartBoard Envision reading, writing or science lesson and discuss L.C.’s questionnaire. Troubleshoot any issues. Finish creating the SmartBoard Game and pick a day to use it.

  • Discuss the lesson as a whole. Then talk about what went well, what did not go well, and what she would like to change or try next time
  • Discuss student survey results and her thoughts about their engagement
  • Discuss whether she feels comfortable in using her SmartBoard for math and other subjects and how many days she will commit to using it next week
  • Finish creating the SmartBoard game in Smart Notebook and pick a day to use it
  • Give L.C. survey papers for her students to fill out after they use the SmartBoard for the lesson that we created (See Attachment A)
  • Give L.C. a survey for her to fill out after she uses the SmartBoard for the lesson that we created (See Attachment B)

Week Five (Discussion and Wrap-Up Session): Debrief on SmartBoard lesson we created. Troubleshoot any issues. Show L.C. the SmartBoard lesson database website. Discuss the entire experience.

  • Discuss the lesson as a whole. Then talk about what went well, what did not go well, and what she would like to change or try next time
  • Discuss student survey results and her thoughts about their engagemen
  • Show and find lessons for L.C. to use on the SmartBoard lesson database website
  • Discuss experience and overall impressions and thoughts

Data Collection

L.C. and I will be collecting data using her observations, a questionnaire, and student surveys. It is impossible for me to observe her lessons because I do not have a prep time during the times that she teaches math, reading, writing, or science. I will be relying on L.C.’s observations and responses to her questionnaire along with the student surveys. My goal is as the weeks progress, L.C. will want to use her SmartBoard more often and her document camera less. I will keep all data collected in a binder. I will share my findings with L.C. and continue to mentor her throughout the year.

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