Sarah Priestley - Making mentoring a meaningful CPD experience

Sarah Priestley looks at key steps and effective tools to use when mentoring and supporting a teacher.

About the webinar

How can you (a teacher, mentor, teacher trainer, school/department head) best guide and develop teachers you work with? What tools and techniques can you use to make it a meaningful and positive experience?  

This talk will examine these questions by briefly exploring the aims of a mentor-mentee relationship and the role of the mentor. Practical advice will be shared on how to carry out and nurture this professional relationship. This will include tips on how to establish and manage it and look back on the developmental journey the teacher has made. Tools for the mentor, such as effective questioning and ways to encourage classroom research and reflection by the mentee will be examined and discussed.  

The talk will draw on the experience of a year-long mentoring project in Italy with local teachers that the speaker is managing. Content of the talk will include thoughts and feedback from these teachers, as well as the speakers’ own insights. The speaker will also refer to her personal lessons learnt gained from supporting teachers through her 14 year experience as a Cambridge CELTA and YL ext. to CELTA tutor.    

By the end of the talk the audience will have a clear understanding of the key steps and some effective tools to use when mentoring and supporting a teacher. They will be able to put into practice in their own educational context the advice and practical tips gained from this talk, thus ensuring quality and success in supporting teachers in their own educational institutions and contexts.

About the speaker

Sarah Priestley’s teaching and training career has taken her to Eastern Europe, the Far East and Europe, where she currently works at the British Council Milan as Bilingual Project Coordinator Italy and teacher.  Her involvement in the Bilingual Project involves mentoring Primary school teachers. A Cambridge CELTA and Young Learner tutor, she has trained both teachers working in the state sector and in ELT.

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