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The Just ASK February Mentoring Checklist

Each issue of The Mentoring Memo features a mentoring calendar for the current time of the year. The February calendar is now available. These calendars, excerpted and updated from The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook, offer suggestions for mentoring actions to support novice teachers and teachers new to the district. When you take a look at them, you will quickly see how useful they are. Be sure to forward them to your mentoring colleagues. Post them or a link to them on your district/school website.



It is only three weeks until Daylight Savings Time and it will no longer be dark at 5:00! Yipee! We have our fingers crossed that we will not have any major snow storms, floods, fires, or other life-threatening weather events in the next few months! It has been a rough few months for many of you making it hard to keep the focus on learning and, in some locales, hard to even keep schools open. Hope springs eternal!

Tools of the Month

This month we are offering you access to one of our favorite tools for working with new teachers. Not only are we providing you a PDF copy of our Top Ten Tips for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (cross referenced to Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?), we are also providing you a 30 slide PowerPoint Show to use in elaborating on those tips in either individual or group settings. Just ASK consultants use this handout and these slides across the country in our work with both new and veteran teachers.

To use these tools in a group setting, have the new teachers bring their copies of Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? with them to the meeting, provide each attendee with a copy of the Top Ten Tips, and use the companion PowerPoint Show. Have them create visual representations, jigsaw the questions, create three-column charts, or any other active engagement strategy you want to model. You have in your hands an instant winner!

Access the Top Ten Tips and the Top Ten Tips PowerPoint Show by clicking on the graphics below. 












A Trip Down Memory LaneI’ve never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but once upon a time when I was working with educators from the Department of Defense Schools (DoDEA) in Italy, I was lucky enough to be in Venice for Carnival. What an experience! I took seven rolls of photos in a three-hour period. While I don’t know where my pictures are, if you are interested, you can check out 2019 pictures available at www.theatlantic.com/photo/2019/02/venice-carnival-2019-photos/583063/  What does this have to do with mentoring? Well, I was mentoring DODEA professional developers in building in-house capacity and they were quite successful!

Keep up the good work!



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