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Creating a Community of Support for Beginning English Teachers
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, Purdue University, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

The early years of teaching are often the most difficult for beginning teachers, as they struggle with complex issues of teaching and learning in relative isolation. One possible solution is that of new teacher groups, where beginning teachers interact with fellow beginning teachers to explore issues of practice in a supportive environment. This paper presents the creation of an online new teacher group for beginning English language arts teachers, entitled the Community of New English Teachers (C-NET). The creation of C-NET is grounded in the framework of new teacher groups, ubiquitous technology and reflective practice. The features of C-NET are then introduced and explained in relation to this framework. The paper concludes with a consideration of the online new teacher group as a place to create a community of support for beginning English teachers.

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Shoffner, M. (2009). Creating a Community of Support for Beginning English Teachers. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2963-2969). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 9, 2022 from .

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