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  Session: Developing Successful Mentoring Relationships
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Role Model, Mentor, or Friend?
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30AM
  Author: Nancy J. Easterly,, Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center,
281-793-5925, nj.easterly@nsyt.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Why did YOU stay in the classroom? The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future estimates that one-third of all new teachers leave after three years, and 46 percent are gone within five years. Did you have a formal mentor, friend, or colleague that made a significant difference in the first years of teaching? How did you come by these relationships that helped you over the 1-5 year “hump”? Have you thought about how you might help a new teacher stay in the classroom? Even after MANY years of teaching, do you still have a mentor? In preparation for this paper, I realized that my first physics mentor was my high school physics teacher, Edwin Paul Heideman. He did “cool” things almost every day. He initially attributed the explanation in a whispery voice, saying, “its magic”, but later developed a full blown physics explanation.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Role Model, Mentor, or Friend.pptx

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