This collection offers an evidence-based approach to mentoring and supporting design and technology teachers and educators in the secondary school and provides tried and tested strategies to support this role. Contributors offer tasks and reflections to inspire and motivate mentors to get the best out of beginning teachers in the early stages of their career. Key topics explored include:

• Helping new D&T teachers appreciate the fundamental nature of design and technology and how this informs both why it is taught and how it is taught.

• Understanding yourself as a mentor - beliefs, values and attitudes, and how your experiences influence your approaches to teaching.

• Observing design and technology teachers’ lessons and offering tools for observation and analysis.

• Risk taking in the classroom: moving teachers forward from pedestrian to innovative practice.

Filled with practical guidance on lesson planning, risk taking, and learning conversation, Mentoring Design and Technology Teachers in the Secondary School offers advice and guidance to support mentors in developing inspirational D&T teachers of the future. This essential guide is perfect for mentors of beginning teachers, whether trainee, newly qualified, or those who find themselves teaching the subject for the first time.

chapter 1|12 pages

Models of mentoring