What do I do all day?
To my mother, I read books all day and tell people to shush!
To my husband, well he is only concerned that I am happy (and I can still manage my children’s school drop offs and pick ups). Oh and there is no need for vacation care. Winning!!
To my children, mummy goes to work in a library and reads books and then comes home with more books all the time…. Oh and mummy is home in the holidays.
To my colleagues, I am that Energiser bunny that nabs you in the corridor asking to come into the library to work on your next task; the idjit that goes to departmental meetings and ‘volunteers’ to help with planning. I am also that nutter that gets over enthusiastic during Book week, Roald Dahl day, Harry Potter day, Jane Austen day
To me. Well, I am a teacher of information. I teach students (and their teachers) how to find, seek, use and create information. I find resources that support the curriculum and wellbeing of my students. I teach students how evaluate their sources, protect themselves online, be aware of the legislation around copyright and academic integrity. I help students and teachers in their teaching and learning by co-creating units of work that promote critical thinking and reflection. I create lesson plans and collate resources to commemorate special events such as Reconciliation week, Anzac Day, Eid, Diwali and Samhain.
Each teacher librarian will have different priorities depending on the school they are attached to and the personality they were born with. Some TL are brilliant at curriculum planning and get heavily involved with the co-creation of units. Other TLs are great collaborators and involve themselves with the teaching and learning aspect. Some TLs are fantastic at resource collection management and development. Their collections are constantly evolving with the community’s needs. Each TL’s practice will differ from the TL next to them, the one down the street, the next suburb, or interstate. That’s the beauty within the practice of teaching. Each practice is unique as it is the individual’s interpretation and implementation of the teaching standards that leads to such distinctiveness.
Each teacher, in their own sphere has an impact on their students, peers and community. Individually we cannot change the world, but we can change the experiences of the people around us. We can change how our students learn about internet safety, about how to use online information ethically. We can teach the skills to differentiate fake news from real news (and in an election week… OMG!). We can show them how to seek, identify, use and create information that is meaningful to them and others.
How we do it will vary… but the point is that teacher librarians are trained and equipped to teach others the skills to survive and thrive in an information society.
We can show the next generation how to become active citizens in this digital world.