Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
- is able to be "simultaneously across all of the curriculum",
- has a "well-organised, attractive, up-to-date and easily utilised" collection, and a school library website that is "a work of art",
- has a library which is "a welcoming, happy and stimulating environment with an ever-changing display of student's work",
- is "an admired and respected leader within the school" with a "respectful and warm cooperative relationship with the school's teaching staff".
More seriously, I became aware of the competing aspects of the role of TL and how much hard work and time would be needed to fulfil them. In an ETL401 forum post (Jones, 2009-b), I commented on the difficulty of finding time for collaborative planning and teaching "in light of all their other responsibilities". In another (Jones, 2009-c), I discussed the "strain to incorporate research into the mix". In my April 19 2009 blog entry I tried to imagine life as a teacher librarian, timetabling weekly activities to move forward on each of my goals, and on April 16 2009 in Let the editing begin! I blogged about my concern in being able to live up to the role as a beginning TL.
I'm not willing to let go of my optimism. I follow a blog called Skerricks, written by Ruth Buchanan. Ruth embodies my current ideal of the teacher librarian, always trying new initiatives and demonstrating enthusiasm and joy.
Buchanan, R. (2009) Skerricks http://skerricks.blogspot.com/
Jones, F. (2009-a) a reader's random ramblings... http://readersrandomramblings.blogspot.com/
Jones, F. (2009-b, February 26). How might class teachers and TL's see RBL differently? Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3651497&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum
Jones, F. (2009-c, May 11). Action Research. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 5 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3813308&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub8_forum
Jones, F. (2009-d, March 24). Benefit to the school if TL involved in curriculum planning. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 3 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3729563&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub6_forum
Jones, F. (2009-e, May 11). Professionals working together. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 5 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3813295&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub8_forum
Jones, F. (2009-f, April 28). my experience of (lack of) info literacy. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 4 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3792900&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub7_forum
Jones, F. (2009-g, February 26). How will the historical material inform my future career? Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3652204&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum
Jones, F. (2009-h, March 24). disadvantage to students in schools with TL excluded. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 3 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3729603&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub6_forum
Olsen, A. (2009, March 7). About the Impossible. Message posted to ETL401 Forum - Topic 1 subforum, archived at http://forums.csu.edu.au/perl/forums.pl?task=view&message_id=3681485&forum_id=ETL401_200940_W_D_Sub4_forum
Monday, May 25, 2009
This is a picture of the flautist Jane Rutter with the three girls that came along to her concert An Australian in Paris with me: (from left) Hannah, Etta and Denika.
An Australian in Paris was brilliant, inspiring and intimate in equal measures. We sat in the third row as Jane spoke from the heart about her experiences as a young music student in Paris, weaving French poetry and music through the story. She also included stories of artists, musicians and writers of generations past, who flourished in the hothouse environment of the Left Bank.
Jane's flute playing was, of course, spectacular, but even more impressive was the way the show wove humour and pathos together to provide a window into her passion for the arts and all things Parisian.
The girls aren't old enough to fully appreciate her story, but they were inspired by the beauty and virtuosity of her playing.
I submitted my Collection Management Policy yesterday afternoon. I spent all day polishing it, and simply couldn't stand to look at it anymore. I know there are still things I could change and improve, but sometimes you just have to say "enough is enough". Now I just have to finish the last assignment of the semester, and take a well deserved break to do some serious recreational reading!
Friday, May 22, 2009
- Read the question. Think: What do I know about this? What is this question really asking? What direction do I think my answer will go in? What material do I have at hand that will help me to answer this? What extra information will I need?
- Read the material I have at hand. Make summary notes of important points and organise them in such a way as to be able to attach them to the relevant section of the question.
- Begin to map out my answer. Think: What parts of my argument are missing? What extra information do I need to make my argument clear and well supported? Does my answer flow? have a structure? make sense to the reader?
- Begin to write my essay. Read over what I've already written constantly, editing to change phrases or words as I go. Make slow progress as I reread and edit every few minutes.
- Keep writing, rereading, editing...
- Finally it is finished. Step away from the computer.
- Look again at the essay. Reread it critically. Edit, edit, edit.
- Submit essay when I can no longer stand to look at it any more.
As I read through this, I realise that once I start writing, I have set my course. Though I edit, edit, edit, I never go back to the question, or seriously reevaluate my argument. Interesting...
In other news, the renovation pace has slowed considerably. Basically the kitchen cannot proceed until we have the new bench top. Chris needs to get up into the roof to fix up some pipes for the laundry, I'm not sure if that is something he is planning to get to on the weekend. Also the external brickwork needs to be done, but it's not exactly the weather for that! After a disturbed night with heavy rain and gales, I said to Chris this morning, (tentatively) "You might want to go out and check the tarp.". Thankfully he was able to report that everything was safe and dry.
I'm going to see Jane Rutter's "An Australian in Paris" tomorrow night. I'm taking my flute students and their mothers. It's been a very long time since I've done something like this - something that I want to do and will enjoy, without reference to my husband or children.
What we're reading:
Chris: recipe books. He's cooking dinner for our weekly get together with my sister's family and is choosing something lovely to cook.
Me: Dean Koontz Life Expectancy - grabbed it at the library when I was there getting some books for Josh.
Alana: Stephenie Meyer Twilight - has just started it to see if it grabs her.
Josh: (sorry don't have author at hand) Lab rats in space - one of the books I chose for him at the library. I read the back and it sounded like something he'd like!
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Friday, May 1, 2009
I am heading up to the local public school to chat the the TL in a few minutes, to get some data for a rough and ready evaluation of the library collection. Not being actually in the library, I don't have any feel for the size, quality, age or circulation of the collection, and I feel like I really do need to have something concrete before writing a collection management policy.
I have been feeling a bit unmotivated this week (deadlines still too far away!!!) but am still making progress on both the remaining assignments for this semester. Am getting a bit sick of the subject matter now, and have looked ahead to what the names of my next semester subjects are to get an idea of what I'll be studying next. Teacher Librarian as Leader sounds ominous (!) but Information Environment has possibilities!