When @jrichea asked me to participate in this Blog Hop discussing Learning in
the 21st Century, I honestly believed that he meant it as a Tweet,
and responded with the following: exhausting, exciting, overwhelming, fun,
Those few words pretty much
wrap up my role as a TL!Each day
I try to bring excitement and energy to our Library Learning Commons, but the
reality is that this effort is often exhausting.Because there are so many amazing 21st century
tools and experiences available as a learner (and for student learners) my team
is often overwhelmed with the responsibility of delivering a fun and creative
curriculum to promote the use of our LLC space.Thankfully I am blessed with colleagues like @JayneShewman
who regularly meet the challenge to collaborate and create with me to provide
the best experience for us all!
Every single day we learn
something new: about curriculum, students, and ourselves!
Please 'Hop On' to see what the others have written!
“As teachers, we continue to refine our
expertise and expand our knowledge through professional relationships and
conversations with colleagues, and through applying and adapting information
and strategies within the context of our own classrooms” (Partnering for Success: A Resource
Handbook for Mentors, 2).
As I continue to engage in research surrounding
Leadership and Technology for the purpose of my Library Specialist, I couldn’t
agree more with the above statement!When I think back over the last 10 years I have spent as an educator, I
know that I couldn’t be the great teacher I am without the support and
collaborations of others.From Patrick
McQuade and Janice Mason who were my first true mentors in education, to Jayne
Shewman who I have the pleasure of working with each day in our LLC, and ALL
those in between at conferences, professional development days, and in
leadership roles, it has taken a village to raise this educator.
I feel blessed to now be working in the role of
Teacher Librarian for the Peel District School Board and experiencing the true
support of an administration team. I have been given an opportunity to expand
my collaborative role within our school and to continue building exceptional
professional relationships with my colleagues.Because of this, I have had several positive
experiences just this semester building curriculum, learning new strategies,
and creating professional development opportunities designed specifically for
One of the most positive experiences to date has been
working together with our family of schools’ ITRT Samir, and our school
principal Mr. Kamel to organize and facilitate a lunchtime series of workshops
aimed at using our new technasium space and meeting the specific technology
needs of the learners in our school.Through meetings and emails, we were able to collaborate successfully to
prepare and present our very first workshop that focused on iPad applications
for classroom use. Through some of the trouble shooting, mini-video creation,
and experimenting with verbal feedback features we were all able to learn,
which will be directly transferred into our teaching. As I have continued to experience, “...we
don’t learn to teach. Rather, we learn from our teaching” (Partnering for Success: A Resource Handbook
for Mentors, 2).
my experience would suggest that avoiding collaboration is a disservice to
students.Perhaps it is due to fear of
criticism or something else completely that I don’t understand, but those
teachers who avoid collaborative opportunities create themselves as islands
(withouth wifi!). Instead, I have learned that understanding my areas for
improvement, and then learning from other teachers who have experience, is always the best path.
Finally, I think this clipObvious to You, Amazing to Others (shared by
@gcouros at the #eloGTA in May 2014) demonstrates the exact WHY of
collaboration. You may not see how great
your ideas are until someone else points them out to you - so collaborate and find out!