I just had a lovely session with some Year 7 boys. Their teacher booked them to ‘come into the library and see what’s here, and how to find good books”.
So that’s what we did.
With the help of an IWB I showed the boys our wizz-bang library catalogue, and how easy it is to find great books using it.
That’s what I do. But I couldn’t have done it without the support of that teacher. And here’s the predicament. So many of the graduates coming out of universities don’t know what’s available to them in schools. So many of our experienced teachers have never had a ‘proper’ teacher-librarian in their school. There are heaps of great library technicians and interested teachers that take on the job – and I count them as Teacher-Librarians. But whatever the flavour, there are too few ‘teacher-librarians’ in Australian schools supporting the Education Revolution. Full stop. End of story.
And it’s a real shame. Because when you see the light of understanding go on in the students’ eyes it makes you feel good to know that you are helping to create a life-long learner.
And isn’t that what life’s all about?