The BEST approaches to online mentoring

Year: 2006

Author: Herrington, Anthony, Rowland, Gregg, Herrington, Jan, Hearne, Doug

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The beginning year of teaching is arguably a critical year for determining the longevity and success of a teacher's career, and the one that would most benefit from induction and mentoring. This paper describes the design and development of a theoretically based, generic website template for online communities of practice for beginning teachers that provides independent and experienced mentoring support. It includes a rich range of resources that are automatically updated and links to professional websites and other relevant sources of support. The paper illustrates and compares the ways in which the online resource can be used as a model to meet the professional needs of different cohorts of beginning and experienced practitioners, using different models of mentoring suited to various levels of funding and professional support.