As my scholarly interests become more and more defined I am constantly thinking about the how novice teachers are trained to enter the composition classroom. The tension between theory and practice underlies my questions about how institutions of higher learning can best foster continuing collaboration between teachers of all experience levels, and help to mentor inexperienced teachers through their formative years in the classroom.
In-person training is vitally important in this process, but is necessarily limited by both time and resources. The collaboration that happens when teachers get together is often some of the most generative and useful exchanges that teachers experience. I believe that technology can serve as a platform to continue these conversations beyond formal training and provide a collection of ideas, a continuation of conversations and a repository of resources to support teachers beyond the formal training period and throughout a career.