Teacher Education and the Mentorship Experience in Palestine
Mentors are MAT graduates who have been trained in advising and guidance practices as well as teaching methods. Cross-campus mentorship is a crucial part of the ENTEC project, which also supports partnerships between Bard MAT alumni and MAT candidates at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The aim of the mentoring component is to increase capacity and help teachers improve learning outcomes where such progress is needed most. In the Bethlehem session, participants learned from mentors about the practical applications of cultivating advanced thinking skills, such as analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, and creativity.
Mentees have found that such collaborations allow them to successfully situate their analysis of their own classrooms within a broader perspective of research on action interventions, such as teaching methods and lesson plans, designed to enhance learning environments and results. Often they wind up being mentors themselves.
Maram Da’boub says her experience being mentored while she worked on her MAT has nurtured in her enough self assurance so she can now mentor three English language teachers. “The ongoing capacity-building opportunities AQB offers to its graduates, alongside our former MAT professors’ trust in us as teachers, has helped me develop self confidence so I too am capable of mentoring other teachers,” she says. Da’boub, who has instructed teachers for eight years, says “sharing this experience is awe-inspiring and rewarding.”
Da’boub says the program has allowed her to help mentees engage with more modern teaching strategies, assessment tools, and different research methodologies that will equip them in their M.A. studies. “I am looking forward to sharing more experiences with my mentees and witnessing the awesome progression they will achieve in the rest of this mentoring journey.”
Mentor Fatima Mafarjeh says that mentoring and directing new or previously under-qualified teachers toward professional training is fundamental in preparing them for their careers.
“In my ENTEC mentoring experience, I have encountered teachers who are super passionate and excited about their role as educators; however, they often lack a background in teaching methods or they might just be inexperienced,” says Mafarjeh. “And in an online and blended teaching experience, even greater intervention and guidance is needed. As one year of mentoring has already passed, I feel proud that I have been helpful to my mentees.”
Post Date: 09-21-2021