I know I have been a non-blogging blogger most of this year. I think I’m still getting a handle on what it means to blog when I don’t have to do it for my Masters work. I like the opportunity to write and publish but I struggle to do it as a regular task. Hence the sporadic work of this year. I need to find a way to integrate it into my practice. Still working at it.
I have a begun to reflect on the last year, my first as a teacher librarian. I have been able to start to work towards what I believe best practice in a library resource center means. I fall far short of my own expectations. I am hoping the gap between my ideals and my practice will continue to shrink over time. Or perhaps it will remain but the edges will move along the continuum.
I believe my job as a teacher librarian is to facilitate the use of the resources of the library in an integrated and meaningful way for students. I believe I need to work together with my teaching colleagues to provide this teaching in a connected way to the classroom experience rather than as an isolated library program. But which skills and at what ages? What activities suit Kindergarten and grade one? Which are more suited to grade three and four? Which do I really need to teach prior to grade seven and eight and what can be left for the grade sevens and eights as ‘new’ and exciting?
I am writing this post as a plea for ideas. As a result I will embed in it the names of my blogging community, in hopes that they will come and bring their friends to help me to think about library skills and technology in the elementary setting. Ok Blogosphere Doug at BlueSkunk, Doug in the Borderland, Paul over Reflecting, Chris Discoursing, Clarence with the Random Access, Joyce on her Neverending Search, Vicki the CoolCat, Scott who is Irrelevant, Rob in California, Alec in the Open, Carolyn in the Future, Jane on Books... I believe in your help, I have learned much from listening to your tweets and comments, by listening to your reflections and dreams and I know I comment far to little but please if you can, blog and ping me, comment or tweet your response. What should I do next year? The book exchange and read aloud are not fulfilling my dreams.