So, metaphorically I have been feeling like I’m in the Fire Swamp. It’s not a great place to be. The expectations upon teacher librarians (at least from our subject coordinators) seem insurmountable. We are expected to be all things to all people. We are expected to be excellent and outstanding leaders right from the word go. We are expected to maintain a wonderful collection, in a welcoming environment, while helping teachers, collaboratively teaching and having every single class in the school for an RFF lesson. It’s just not possible.
I also had (particularly last year) serious misgivings about Guided Inquiry. The demands of that specific model and they way it is being promoted are inaccessible for most schools, certainly the ones I have contact with.
Between these two issues, I really felt like uni was driving me away from the profession I was training for.
Believe it or not, this assignment has restored my faith in the profession.
Firstly, in the process of writing a vision for the school library in my assessment, I was inspired to think about what libraries could truly be like. Secondly, in the process of researching one of my strategic focuses, I was led to this article which gave me a lightbulb moment! We can have inquiry learning without guided inquiry and we can most definitely have inquiry learning without Guided Inquiry Design! I don’t need to avoid inquiry learning just because I don’t like (and have serious issues with) one particular model.
Crisis of confidence averted! On with the show (and that final assignment!)