New Teacher Mentoring (Storyline) 

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 This scenario-based eLearning was developed in Storyline for pre-service and new teachers to learn how and why to seek mentorship.  

  • Purpose: To increase new teacher and student teacher skills in seeking mentorship, leading to more successful completion of student teaching, more successful new teachers, and reduced organizational turnover among new teachers

  • Audience: Preservice/student teachers and new teachers entering the workplace for the first time

  • Responsibilities: Project Management, Needs Analysis, Instructional Design, Storyboarding, Consensus Building with Stakeholders/SMEs, eLearning Design, (Preview) Implementation for User Feedback, and Evaluation of User Feedback Data

  • Learning Theory Considered: Knowles 4 Principles of Andragogy, Merrill's Principles of Instruction, and UDL

  • Project Model Used: ADDIE for the initial component; for continued iteration, SAM for building out the full course in a Canvas LMS (coming soon)

  • Tools Used: Articulate Storyline, Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PowerPoint, Snipping Tool, Camtasia, Audacity, and Microsoft Project for Project Management 

  • Date Completed: Initial Storyline Completed February 2, 2022. | Updated April 3, 2022

Analysis 

I am a Clinical Educator (certified mentor teacher) who has mentored new and student teachers, so I had some subject-matter expertise. However, I also spoke to other Clinical Educators in my district, including a Curriculum Resource Teacher responsible for student teachers at the district level.

Problem: One piece of that puzzle that we identified and feel is rarely addressed for new teachers is the role of the teacher seeking mentorship, not just the role of mentors. Very rarely are guides or training focused on giving new teachers strategies to assert themselves and request mentorship or build a relationship with mentors. Even per teacher evaluation models such as Marzano, “seeking mentorship” is an essential skill for educators (Marzano, 2017). While the district has many options for mentorship available, new teachers and student teachers are not actively taught how to seek these resources. 

Solution: This guide focuses on scenario-based learning to showcase specific examples of effectively seeking mentorship. I compiled examples of potential scenarios with my SMEs then selected the most effective examples to address. I also sorted into formal and informal mentorship as one principal mentioned that many new teachers struggle especially when the formal mentorship steps from their student teaching experience are removed. 

Learning Goals: ​

  • New teachers will be able to identify appropriate ways to seek mentorship that is effective. 

  • New teachers will build comfort and confidence with seeking mentorship in the workplace.

  • New teachers will identify opportunities for effective mentorship more accurately. 

Organizational Goal: New teachers will be more successful and supported in their jobs because they are able to engage with effective mentorship via the existing opportunities available. 

Design & Development
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I reviewed the storyboard in PowerPoint and shared with several SMEs collaboratively to discuss the effectiveness of the scenarios. Through rapid prototyping, I made changes to scenario details, visual clarity, interaction feedback, and I added the "Why seek mentoring" slide to clarify purpose for student teachers/new teachers who might have motivation or knowledge gaps on why mentoring is helpful. 

Design & Development Priorities:

  • Diverse Representation: In designing the learning and selecting assets, it was important to me even with free stock photos, to try and represent diverse humans in the final product. 

  • Clarity In User Feedback: The avatar mentors and student/new teacher was a particular design choice. I wanted to use the same student/new teacher throughout but different mentors. At first, I had the mentors change each scenario but that felt chaotic/confusing because of the way the feedback slides were designed so I kept the same avatar so that it could become a visual signal, along with the color change, text feedback, and sound “wrong/right” feedback.

  • Accessibility: I focused on configuring focus order and adding accessible text and alt-text to images (and the video which had words over the images, where I added both alt-text for a screen reader and a transcript option that a screen reader can read). 

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February Design Updates and Expansion:

I am currently working on a full LMS Course on Seeking Mentoring as a new teacher, with this and the video as components.

 

I pulled the video out of the Storyline to make it a separate piece in the LMS Course and updated the Storyline scenario-driven learning experience with a section to support learning best practices in seeking mentorship before quizzing with the scenarios and a constructed response at the end. I also added audio, captions, and updated the alt-text for further accessibility. 

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Implementation Notes

This was a project that I designed to fit a need I have seen rather than one I was contracted to create. I did have a few student teachers review an early version to get user feedback and they said it was helpful in the surveys given. 

 

I have given it to our lead curriculum resource teacher and a few others who work with new and preservice teachers but do not have any data analysis yet on usage or effectiveness. Initial data collection might focus on how users completed the scenarios, user feedback, or whether users finished all scenarios, but ultimate data would be focused on the 3 KPIs of:

  • Does using this tool raise average first year effectiveness on the "Seeking mentorship" evaluation score received in iObservation (teacher evaluation, Marzano framework) from Developing to Applying or higher? 

  • Does this tool increase retention in Year 0 (the first year) of a teacher's career with the district? (Currently over 50% of Year 0 or first year teachers leave either their position or the district as a whole.) 

  • Does this tool increase new teacher effectiveness and improve VAM (value added model) growth scores the teacher receives based on state or local test scores and other student data that determines teacher effectiveness? 

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Updates: Full Course Build

February Update: Based on the positive feedback from student teachers and collaboration with curriculum resource teachers and student teacher advisors that I worked with, I am building this module into a full course in our student teacher onboarding that focuses on:

  • Building and maintaining a growth mindset

  • Seeking out mentors and communicating effectively with mentors 

  • Setting goals with mentors and developing SMART goals

  • Developing a reflective practice as a new teacher 

Final Build Components: 

Preview: The component preview above is a Growth Mindset video made with Camtasia B-roll footage to introduce the module on Growth Mindset and goal-setting. 

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Preview: The component preview above is a SnagIt GIF depicting part of a Storyline microlearning to introduce new teachers to the usefulness of growth mindset as a student teacher. This would be shown as an interactive Storyline in the course and is being expanded into a 5-10 minute microlearning.

See the Storyline Component Previewed Above: 

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Preview: The component preview above is a job aid that is part of a module on setting SMART goals while working with mentor teachers, based on a reflective practice as a pre-service (student) teacher. 

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Full Course: To the left is the intro slide for the full Canvas Course, a template of which is published to Canvas Commons for my previous district to use. 

If you wish to review the full course and have a free Canvas/Instructure account, you can login and view it at Canvas Commons below: 

Resources 

Callahan, J. (2016). Encouraging retention of new teachers through mentoring strategies. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 83(1), 6.

Marzano, R. J. (2017). The new art and science of teaching. Solution Tree Press. 

Redding, Christopher. (2021, June 4). Teacher turnover is a problem – here's how to fix it. The Conversation. Retrieved January 22, 2022, from 

https://theconversation.com/teacher- turnover-is-a- problem-heres-how-to-fix-it-101584