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(The wiki stays open for reading, please send any comment to mentoringtesol@yahoogroups.com.  Thanks to all those who particpated in this project!! Hope to see you in New Orleans!)            


Welcome to the Mentoring Tesol EVO 2011 wiki!

We are going into Week Three with a membership of over 80  participants, from more than 20  different countries.  We are spread across the world - north to south, east to west, but everyone has the same goal:  professional development  for all.  This week we are focusing on particular aspects of the  mentoring enterprise.  For some, it's looking at how we manage a mentoring encounter, or how we manage a department, while maintaining a collegial atmosphere.  For others, the focus is on the means of mentoring: face to face or virtual?    Chatting in writing or chatting on the phone?   Whichever way we get our mentoring done, let's document it.  Share what's  best . Begin inquiring why, and how we can improve it further.  That's what Action Research is all about.



Welcome to this meeting place for mentors and aspiring mentors for TESOLers.
While together, we will explore and share stories, strategies, models, and ideas about effective mentoring as we investigate ways to help new teachers become confident and proficient in their new roles.

We will be raising our own levels of professional development and expertise while discovering, learning and discussing our own, and others', practice.
This five-week session will be participatory. Mentors or aspiring mentors will contribute from their own experience as teachers of ESOL in their many and varied contexts, in English-speaking regions and in non -English speaking surroundings.
We will use some special communication tools to enable us to hear from experts - and from new teachers - and discuss face-to-face or voice-to-voice the issues that relate to the important practice of mentoring. 

Valerie, Marina and Shefali

Communication Tools to be Used


Communication Media

          Our Skype IDs:  Valerie: vs_jakar, Marina: minushkigonzalez, Shefali: shefaliray

Join this session 



To join this group:


From January 3 to 9:
  1. Go to:  



  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you donĀ“t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).


  3. Follow the instructions





Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator.



Comments (27)

Buthaina AlOthmn said

at 6:53 pm on Dec 7, 2010

Marina, I like the new photo of all of you added on the wiki front page! It added a kind of action and life to the page...Great job..

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 12:44 pm on Jan 8, 2011

Hi, Buthania. This is Shefali. I am happy you liked the pictures. Good to know that we would be working together. Valerie and Marina are great tio work with!

Yuly Asencion said

at 12:34 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello from Arizona.

Felipe Augusto Parisi Longo said

at 12:43 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hi from Brazil.

John Conway said

at 8:46 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello to everyone from Armenia

John Conway said

at 8:52 am on Jan 9, 2011

I meant hello to everyone. I live in Armenia

thalia said

at 9:25 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello from Athens, Greece.

Benjamin L. Stewart, PhD said

at 9:34 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello all from Aguascalientes, Mexico!

RobbyMorroy said

at 9:40 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello everyone! I am from Suriname where I am a teacher trainer. I am ready to learn to use an online group as well as learn more about mentoring. I would also like to share my hits and misses in the training of teachers.

Benjamin L. Stewart, PhD said

at 9:44 am on Jan 9, 2011

Curious, when I enter Yahoo Groups to view posts, I receive the following message: "You are not a moderator of the group mentoringTESOL." Is anyone else receiving this message?

carmendell64@... said

at 10:01 am on Jan 9, 2011

Ciao from Italy! I'm happy to be here and to share my experiences with you.

Anna Conway said

at 10:08 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello to everyone! I am from Armenia and am looking forward to learning with and from you.

carmendell64@... said

at 10:10 am on Jan 9, 2011

Sorry, but I cannot see what I typed some hours ago

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 11:09 am on Jan 9, 2011

Hello to everyone who has joined our group. Wow! We have members from Arizona, Brazil, Armenia, Greece, Mexico, Surinam, Italy, Argentina, Israel and India. (Hope I did not miss anyone!) I am from India. We look forward to different ideas of mentoring in varied contexts and formats, as we shall be sharing our experiences over these few weeks.
Welcome to the Mentoring Group.

EvridikiDakos said

at 3:20 pm on Jan 9, 2011

Hi all, I am Evridiki from Turkey ( Greek in origin). Happy to be with you! :)

Viktoria Elgina said

at 1:21 am on Jan 10, 2011

Hello from Kansas. I am currently teaching here, though I am originally from Russia. I am excited to be a part of this group, share and learn! :)

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 9:13 am on Jan 10, 2011

Welcome, Evridiki and Victoria, to the Mentoring Group. We look forward to a lot of sharing over these few weeks.

marina gonzalez said

at 9:22 am on Jan 10, 2011

Hello everyone! my pleasure to share this space with you, lerning from others and learning about ourselves in every step we make! well' that's my reading of mentoring in a nutshell! I simply love being connected with people from so diffeent places! Shefali, valerie and I, together with laura and gabriel ahve een working together for some years now on mentoring and we hope you willl exand our group!

anna.turula@gmail.com said

at 4:35 pm on Jan 10, 2011

Hi, I'm Anna and I'm a teacher trainer with a college in Poland. Mentoring is something I'd like to investigate to be better at what I do.

Angela said

at 7:45 am on Jan 12, 2011

Hello from Barcelona! I'm Angela and I'm Canadian and completely new to mentoring. I'm looking forward to learning!!

Benjamin L. Stewart, PhD said

at 1:11 pm on Jan 12, 2011

Questions I'll be asking myself throughout the course: 1) When does the mentoring process conclude, if at all? 2) How much of the mentoring process is directive, collaborative, and/or nondirective? and 3) Is it recommended to focus on one individual or a network of individuals for providing a mentorship?

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 11:57 am on Jan 13, 2011

I feel that the mentoring process might be a long lasting one in many life situations. Commonly, the process might conclude when the mentee feels confident enough to handle students, curriculum and methods with efficiency and develops as an independent teacher. I feel much of mentoring is non-directive and collaborative. That is where it differs from the role of the superviser where both are trying to satisfy a professional criteria.

RobbyMorroy said

at 11:03 am on Jan 17, 2011

Basing ourselves on the idea that mentoring is both cognitive and social, we have added an online reflection tool to our mentoring process for pre-service teachers. These trainees do an internship at a school. All the interns write about a critical incident they have experienced in class and reflect on their feelings about the facts. They save it in a special WORD file that allows locking of the first person's work and adding text by another. The file is sent to everyone in the same cohort, as well as to the mentors. Everyone adds individual comments and the first person can easily collect the comments and put it into one file to have an overview of everybody's comments. I feel that this process can continue throughout one's career and mentoring in this way does not have to stop.

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 12:35 pm on Jan 17, 2011

Having different persons comment on a single experience must be enriching as the same experience can be seen from different perspectives. I guess the mentor would step in if the mentee received conflicting opinions on an experience. This helps to present a more holisitc picture of a learning situation.

RobbyMorroy said

at 2:50 pm on Jan 17, 2011

You're right. There may be conflicting comments. So we've decided to add a face tot face meeting after everyone has had their say. Most of the time the interns solve the conflicting comments among themselves. The mentor really only steps in occasionally.

shefali_ray@hotmail.com said

at 12:57 pm on Jan 18, 2011

Learning to solve the conflicting comments by themselves is a step towards independent problem solving. This also gives the interns an opportunity to collaborate and become interdependent. I have found that when the mentees sit and work on a problem together they often come up with brilliant ideas, I may not have thought of .

Priscilla Ubillus said

at 6:55 pm on Jan 26, 2011

Hey There from Ecuador, I'm Priscilla and love to "read" fro mu and want to learn lots about Mentoring

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