ILDA JOSIF LULE
Authors country of origin: Albania
Institutional affiliation: Faculty of Department of Education at the University of Tirana.
Key to the success of any mentoring program is the competence of the mentor who must possess the expertise, commitment, and time to provide assistance to novice teachers. Teachers within a school at the immediate environment of potential present an obvious starting place in identifying mentor teachers. There is no fixed rule about which traits or circumstances are most critical in a given mentoring situation (Gray and Gray, 1985). Freedman (1993) reports that the most frequently mentioned characteristic of effective mentors is a willingness to nurture another person. Therefore, individuals recruited as mentors should be people-oriented, open-minded, flexible, empathetic, and collaborative. Mentors should be enrolled in an ongoing mentoring training program. Training in communication and active listening techniques, relationship skills, effective teaching, models of supervision and coaching, conflict resolution, and problem solving are often included in training opportunities for mentors (Head, Reiman and Thies-Sprinthall, 1992).
The teacher evaluation systems need to be considered not only in terms of evaluation instruments or procedures, but also in terms of the policy systems in which they operate and the school-based conditions that are needed to stimulate continuous learning and improvement. These conditions include: a) teacher participation in developing the system and supporting the ongoing decision-making processes; b) recognition and encouragement of collegial contributions to overall school, success and clear criteria for accomplishment that all eligible teachers can achieve, rather than a quota system that pits teachers against each other.
Volume 3.No.2(2020): December
ISSN 2661-2666 (Online) International Scientific Journal Monte (ISJM)
ISSN 2661-264X (Print)
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