Master Mentors Make a Difference
The Biology and Mathematics Educator (BioME) Noyce project offers a Master Mentors program to their scholars. To help future teachers start their careers successfully, Noyce scholars are paired with a practicing teacher to serve as a mentor. These mentors show support in their curriculum content area, demonstrate classroom management style, pedagogy, and other teaching philosophies and offer invaluable career advice. This arrangement begins in students’ junior year, which is well before they intern or student teach. The early interaction and potential friendship with an established teacher offers experience and support, which is valuable in the early stages of one’s career. Scholars take a course: Integrated Mathematics and Biology Across the Curriculum Undergraduate Seminar (IMBAC) to aid the program. While working with the master mentors, students keep a journal of their experiences and discuss this in the IMBAC. In response to this program, scholars have praised their mentors and expressed thanks for the experience. This video features scholars in classrooms with mentors, provides direct feedback, and expresses excitement for their future.
NSF Awards: 1557233
Presented in: 2021 (see original presentation & discussion)