A good friend brought this video to my attention, and I must say, I was incredibly impressed by Zichermann’s presentation, by the concepts of fluid intelligence and gamification. I am a traditionalist (as noted on other occasions), I am one of those people who idealise sitting by a window with a cup of tea and a book, but I realise that such a situation is not for everyone, and particularly that it is not for many of the kids who are in our schools and our libraries right now. aplaceformorethoughts
I have been studying my Masters of Education (Teacher Librarianship) for almost a semester now, and again and again I have been told about the benefits of teacher’s and teacher-librarian’s collaborating. As part of a current assignment, I’ve been exploring the lack of such collaboration as an obstacle to the promotion and development of information literacy skills throughout a school. And I just can’t help but get angry at the complete lack of discussion that exists between the different departments of education and the different spheres within the schools.
Of course there is a lack of teacher interest in collaborating with teacher-librarians! I would argue that many teachers out there have no idea what could be achieved if they collaborated with their teacher-librarians, no idea of the benefits. I certainly wouldn’t have, and I qualified as a teacher at the end of last year.
I have wanted to be a teacher-librarian since August 2008. Shortly after returning from my very first teaching placement, I was struggling with the dissatisfaction and disillusionment of having not enjoyed the experience. I was nineteen and completely unsure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life (in retrospect, not at all an unusual situation for a nineteen year old to be in). But I was aware that the aspect of my placement which I had most enjoyed were the hours I had spent in the school library.
There was nothing terribly special about this school library – it had a range of books, and around twenty computers scattered throughout for student use. Just like any other. But the experience of being in the library, surrounded by hundreds of books, hundreds of sources of information, had remained in my mind as a particular highlight. And that, I realised, was where I wanted to be…