At my school, teachers are expected to have expertise in technology as each student regularly uses either their own laptops (required in Grades 4-7) or ipads (used by students in K-3). Therefore, the Teacher-Librarian is not viewed as the only expert in the building. Sharing strategies, resources, and technology is built into our culture.
Once a month, our administrators and teaching staff, including ELL and LST teachers, meet for Collaboration Time 2:00 – 3:00 pm before our regular staff meeting (3:00 – 4:30 pm). During this time, we share new practices, websites, apps, or other technology resources. Next year, I will use this time to share district-wide database collections and school-based collections and how to locate them on our internal staff website. My goal is to use Destiny Collections to create “pathfinders” for teachers and students to access from the main Destiny Homepage. These collections will be public to all West Vancouver users and will focus on resources used in Inquiry Units focused on the Big Ideas in BC’s New Curriculum.
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In order to ensure these resources are suitable and relevant, I will consult with grade group teachers during their Team Collaboration Time. I will request access to their shared Inquiry Units on Google Docs, so that I can support them in finding resources that meet the needs of their students.
Another way I can support my colleagues is to showcase professional and student resources in the staff room. When we purchased a large quantity of Indigenous Education books in April, we put them in the staff room before they went into regular circulation in the Library. Teachers browsed through the books and found titles that gave them ideas for lessons and their Inquiry Units.
Finally, I will continue to use district email and Twitter to connect with my colleagues on new books and professional resources that they may be interested in. As the school’s Professional Development Rep. and new Teacher-Librarian, I will share teaching strategies, resources, and technologies with my colleagues to support their teaching of students in our school.
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Follett Corporation. (2018). Collections by Destiny. Retrieved from https://www.follettlearning.com/technology/products/library-management-system/collections-by-destiny.
Province of British Columbia. (2018). BC’s New Curriculum. Retrieved from https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/.