The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support

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New teachers need support from their peers and mentors to locate resources, information, new ideas, emotional support, and inspiration. This timely book explains the research and theory behind social networks (face-to-face and online), describes what effective social networking for educators looks like, reveals common obstacles that new teachers face in establishing support networks, and offers valuable practical advice. The author follows the stories of four first-year teachers, illustrating the significant ...

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Overview

New teachers need support from their peers and mentors to locate resources, information, new ideas, emotional support, and inspiration. This timely book explains the research and theory behind social networks (face-to-face and online), describes what effective social networking for educators looks like, reveals common obstacles that new teachers face in establishing support networks, and offers valuable practical advice. The author follows the stories of four first-year teachers, illustrating the significant impact that social support networks can have on teachers' lives and challenging common misconceptions of professional support. This book offers action guides to help teachers become ''intentional networkers,'' including a companion website with tools for networking and collaboration. This is a must-have resource for pre- and in-service teachers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780807752517
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Series: series on school reform , #63
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Ann Lieberman ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Teaching in the Network Society 1

A Social Network Perspective 1

Supporting New Teachers Through Social Networks 6

2 Networking for Support: Frameworks for Understanding Teacher Support and Social Networks 9

Two Perspectives on New Teacher Support 9

Conclusion: A (Mostly) Traditional Program 13

Social Networks and Support 14

3 Looking at Networks: Network Types and the Networking Practices of New Teachers 18

What We Know About Social Networks and Teaching 18

A Framework for Understanding Teachers' Social Networks 22

The Reality of New Teacher Networks 23

Communication and Collaboration Practices of the Millennial Generation 30

The Millennial Networker 32

4 Inside Schools: School Culture Shaping Teachers' Networks 33

Northpoint Middle School: Laissez Faire 34

Bailey Elementary School: Traditional Management 36

Bernard Middle School: Top Down Management 38

Social Networking in an Outcomes-Oriented School Culture 40

5 Building Intentional Professional Networks 42

Michael Clark 43

Maria Donnelly 50

Michael and Maria: Two Ends of the Social Networking Spectrum 57

6 Seeking Diverse Professional Allies 58

Susan Johnson 60

Steven Carlson 65

Community Members as Catalysts 69

7 Social Networking for Teachers, Teacher Educators, and School Leaders 70

Identifying Needs and Context 70

Discovering a Social Support Network 71

Developing Intentional Professional Networks 73

Developing Diverse Professional Ally Networks 74

New Teachers Facing Common Challenges 75

The Effectiveness of Online Networks 77

Strategies for Supporting New Teachers 78

Networking for Support 79

Appendix A A Quick Overview of Social Networking Strategies 81

Appendix B Mapping Tools and Diagrams 83

Appendix C Collaborative Technologies 87

References 91

Index 99

About the Author 106

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