Interview questions: Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor

Possible interview questions for Dr. Jane Bluestein:

• Why did you write a book about teachers making a difference?

• What was the most gratifying part of doing a project like this?

• Great title. Who’s Mrs. MacGregor?

• I know a lot of people have had some pretty rotten teachers. Did anyone have a hard time thinking of a mentor who made a difference in a positive way?

• You really emphasize the positive experiences people had with teachers and other adults. Why?

• What are some characteristics of a good mentor?

• Can anyone be a mentor? Aren’t parents and grandparents mentors, too?

• What if you need a mentor yourself? What should you look for?

• Were you surprised at how clearly people could recall their experiences with their mentors? What did that teach you?

• Teachers spend a lot of time with kids and don’t often see the impact they are having on them. What do you have to say to them?

• What advice do you have for people who work (and live) with kids, based on what you learned from doing this book?

• I understand that this book is quickly becoming THE gift for mentors and teachers. Does this surprise you?

• Can you give an example of a teacher using the mentoring skill of:

• Unconditional acceptance?

• Encouragement and inspiration?

• Expanding your reality (and your picture of who you are)?

• Maintaining high standards?

• How could this book help a teacher or a parent?

• I suspect you’ve had more than a few terrific mentors. Who are some of your favorites?

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