My apologies for these first two posts being a bit bland. I promise as I get my blogging skills back, hopefully they’ll get a little more zazzy! Until then…
There were probably three main things that I keep reflecting on since our last discussion. The first is about the Stepehens’ reading and the support we had going for Wendy Stephens’ compelling article. I think we all came away with being encouraged to promote curiosity and play wherever we all end up working, whether it be in schools, public library or the archives (!). I found this excited very refreshing and invigorating to see people just as passionate as I am about promoting curiosity and play. I also love the idea we discussed (and was in the piece) about the Librarian as a professional development approach. I personally am thrilled and hopeful I will be able to wear one of these hats!
Speaking of hats…. I loved our discussion around the Woolls article, be it realizations of how much a media specialist does in one day, or the numerous hats we must were and change in a switch! I loved the analogy of putting on different hats, and some of the hats that people were able to put out there. It energizes me, but I also understand how it can be exhausting. Needing to take time for some alone-time goodness is great advice. For me personally, I know I need a couple of minutes to just collect myself every now and then. The idea of taking a lunch at your desk is appealing to me. During my practicum, Jane and I would eat our lunches in her office (taking turns) when we got a chance. Some days, it wasn’t until the end of the school day! Honestly, on those days we were so busy, I didn’t even realize it was that late in the day. By not participating in the ritual of the lunch room, I wonder of how there would be ways to socialize with my fellow faculty that lets them know I am available, interested, and willing to help them.
Lastly, I was so appreciative of the history of school reform and its relation to libraries. Last semester I took an educational reform class. We mostly discussed theories and problems within the past and current reforms of American public schools. But we never got a timeline! What I always can’t get over is how much educational reform is like a pendulum, where we see repeating ideas come back up (but we see that in libraries too!). Also, the library seemed to be a key aspect in a lot of reforms, but a lack of looking at the librarian. Hmm… this seems to be a common debate in our profession. Is the library a library without a librarian? Or is a librarian a librarian without a library? If a book falls off the shelf but no one is around to hear it … did it really fall? This idea of a library being important, yet not giving school media specialists the same position of a teacher is something that really gets under my skin. Rather than ranting on why it irks me, I’m trying to currently brainstorm how to create and engage in conversations with administration, and faculty in seeing our role not as an appendage to them, as a way to an end, but our role as an end in itself (a little Kantian ethics…), that we are teachers too.
Phew, I didn’t mean to get too philosophical in that last bit. I’m looking forward to our next class with all of you! In the mean time, I’m about to put on another one of my hats 😉