You will notice that we use the terms coaching and mentoring, often interchangeably.
Mentoring has always been a valuable practice in education but we had other names for it:
- The teacher down the hall
- The staffroom
- Friday night drinks
But all that disappeared when the schools were closed and we were working remotely.
For all the negatives of the COVID pandemic, educators discovered how the internet gave us access to trainings and support on a global scale. It is no longer geography that dictates the professional development that is available to teachers.
While mentoring was often provided by more senior members of staff, this has become increasingly difficult. Virtual offerings have moved closer to a coaching model.