Mentoring Models

Mentoring Models

Mentoring is a relationship between individuals with shared experiences and goals that allows them to reflectively discuss collective knowledge and expertise. Mentoring is not restricted to one or two different types of relationships. As the needs of the professor, learner, and expert change, different requirements will make themselves known. Below are several models of mentoring that can be engaged in to improve scholarship:

Collegial Peer Mentoring

Peer coaching is built upon trusting relationships that develop between peers with equal levels of experience. This type of mentoring relationship is an interactive relationship between teaching professionals that is used to:

  • Share successful practices through collaboration and reflection
  • Act as a problem-solving vehicle
  • Reduce teacher isolation
  • Create a forum for addressing instructional problems
  • Support and assist new teachers in their practice

Traditional Mentoring

Mentoring relationships that are of a traditional nature involve a shared area of interest, but one professional has a greater level of expertise while the other professional could be considered a novice or student. This type of mentoring relationship is structured to improve the following:

  • Experienced partners guide the other partner through reflection by discourse
  • Reflection upon practices in the classroom
  • Develop relationships and networks
  • Improve personal competencies independent of the mentor

Team Coaching

Team coaching involves a teacher who is highly skilled and knowledgeable in a specific area working with another teacher to help him or her develop specific skills and strategies for use in the classroom. This model makes both teachers responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating the lesson in the following manner:

  • Student interaction occurs between both teaching professors
  • Both teachers lead instruction, provide examples, and give instruction to students
  • Reflection of the completed lesson is done by both professors with thoughtful discourse completed by both partners



Mentoring the Mentor:

The Mentoring Leadership Resource Network:

Listening Skills Self-Evaluation:

New Roles New Relationships:


The Benefits of Mentoring:

Peer Coaching Models Information


Peer Coaching—An Effective Staff Development Model: