The demands of teaching can be overwhelming,
not only for beginning teachers but also those who are veterans in the teaching
profession. The complexities of balancing the need to teach for depth of
mathematical understanding while dealing with the pressure of preparing students
for high-stakes testing can be challenging and frustrating. The teaching
community recognizes the importance of mentoring and how it can give teachers
the support and encouragement they need not only to survive the challenges of
teaching mathematics but also to develop as dedicated professionals.
The books in
the Empowering the Mentor series—one
each for mentors of preservice, beginning, and experienced teachers—are
informative and practical resources in which mentors and mentees share their
experiences and advice with those who plan to mentor other mathematics teachers.
The books serve as a “how to” for individuals who participate in formal or
informal mentor training or serve as instructional coach, peer coach, lead
teacher, collaborative peer, department chair, administrator, critical friend,
team leader, university supervisor or department or grade-level colleague. These volumes challenge the reader to think
differently about what being a mentor means.