Sunday, December 13, 2009
What is in a name?
This week I had an unexpected surprise - my Principal announced that a position for a PYP Teacher Librarian would be created for the new academic year. It was a surprise as I had been told that it wouldn't happen for at least another year. However, through discussions with the PYP and MYP co-ordinators, they took up the case for me and put some pressure on. This has really helped my morale, and now I feel that I can begin to plan ahead for some exciting and meaningful activities and possibilities, rather than just skimming the surface, which seems to be what I am doing now. Jack of all trades, master of none.
Another teacher mentioned she knew a teacher who wanted to apply for the position, I asked if they had library experience or training, the answer was "No, we don't need library experience or knowledge - we need a PYP teacher in that role because you (me) will be doing all the library stuff, the focus has to be on the teaching aspect" I begged to differ, but at the moment I could not come up with any tangible reasons that were satisfactory or meaningful (It was at midnight standing outside a drinking establishment!)
I have been ruminating recently over what the Teacher aspect of the name adds to the Librarian role, and have sort of figured that out (which will be another days ramblings), but now, I am ruminating over what the Librarian aspect adds to the Teacher role. What added value does the "Librarian" have in the role of an effective Teacher Librarian? What are specific aptitudes, attitudes and skills a trained TL has that a classroom teacher does not? What extras do I bring to the collaborating table as a Teacher Librarian?
Anyone? Please offer your two cents worth to help me!