You Don’t Get On With Your Trainee

Advice for mentors on getting the most from their trainee teacher A mentoring expert shares his tips on how mentors can get the best from their trainee teachers, and how to form and sustain positive working relationships.
Trevor Wright, an author and senior lecturer at the University of Worcester, tells mentors not to expect the relationship to be one of equals. But there are ways of re-balancing the relationship to help the trainee feel engaged in the mentoring process.
His advice includes giving the trainee some responsibility for managing their progress, and asking the trainee to share their more recent pedagogical training.
Finally, he recommends that mentors should not avoid difficult or critical conversations with their trainee teachers, and offers advice on how to manage potentially awkward meetings.

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