Coaching vs. Mentoring of Novice Teachers

The coaching paradigm for preservice and beginning teachers aims to help the novice improve instructional performance. Coaching differs from mentoring of new teachers in that mentoring is conceptualized as dealing with all aspects of the teacher’s role responsibilities. A mentor will spend time on instructional issues as well as socializing the novice to the school environment, assisting in gathering resources, or in working through administrative procedures. A coach's role, on the other hand, is more narrowly defined with the sole intent of promoting the new teacher’s instructional competence.

Coaching vs. Mentoring

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