Wis. mentoring program helps both student-teachers, mentors

The mentoring and guidance gained from experienced educators can help student-teachers manage evolving challenges, such as special needs-inclusive classrooms and a greater emphasis placed on testing, experts say. "The changes in education are changing the way we prepare our students, and the more experience they can get in classrooms, the better," said Gail Halmstad, a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire student-teacher supervisor. Interacting with student-teachers also benefits the mentors, as they are prompted to reconsider teaching methods and introduce ideas and lesson plans.

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