Welcome to my blog, where I will be posting my thoughts, reflections and queries throughout my MEdTL journey!
It all started a few months ago, when we were told at a staff meeting that our current Teacher Librarian would be retiring (I think it was the huge changeover to a new library system that did it). I had been looking into further study, looking at all the available trainings and professional developments on offer, particularly in literacy, so that maybe one day in the future I could complete my Step 9 (Advanced Skills Teacher). All eyes fell on me when my boss brought up the subject of the TL position. Comments made were that I would be able to focus on literacy with students, it would be right up my alley, and the best part was that I would spend my days surrounded by books! So I took the plunge and here I am. Whether my boss lets me out of the classroom at the end is still to be seen.
I teach reception – year 2 at a small rural school in South Australia, with a current enrolment of 49. Our school has a small library that doubles as a community library. We have recently changed our library system to the OneCard system, that is used in many of the state libraries throughout Libraries of SA. Although it was painful for the current library staff to add, catalogue and change every single item in the school to the new system, it is an excellent system that lets us borrow any book from any participating SA library from the comfort of home and have it delivered to school. The current teacher librarian has worked at our school for nearly 40 years, 10 of those as the TL and the rest as the JP teacher. She is my go-to person for any questions or support when I need it, and with such a challenging bunch of kids this year, I’ve certainly needed it!