Kira J. Baker-Doyle opens an important conversation about the support new teachers need to thrive in their first years of teaching with her book The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support. Few would argue that the first years of teaching are the most stressful, with statistics indicate that about 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years (Smith & Ingersoll, 2004). Some schools and districts provide mentoring programs or new teacher professional development, but Baker-Doyle argues that these traditional programs fail to support new teachers, and especially new teachers of the millennial generation (people who were children between 1990-2000). Traditional support programs tend to re-enforce teacher isolation and the assigned, inflexible curriculum and authoritative policies of the school. Taking a reformed perspective, Baker-Doyle argues that teachers' work is social and their praxis evolves through interaction with their colleagues and when teachers' own questions and professional agency are valued.
Porath, Suzanne L.
"Finding the Connectors and Catalysts: A Book Review of The Networked Teacher: How New Teachers Build Social Networks for Professional Support by Kira J. Baker-Doyle,"
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