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Archive for April, 2009

Some light entertainment!

Posted by sarahelliott on April 28, 2009

 

This clip made me chuckle!

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And breathe…

Posted by sarahelliott on April 28, 2009

Wow! So, I’m happy to report that I managed to submit my first assignment successfully. When I first read through the assessment task and assessment criteria, I felt quite confident that I would be able to write it well, as I was full of ideas, inspired by all the reading that I’ve done. However, in reality, I found it much harder to write than I had imagined. I’m not sure if that’s because it was a hard subject matter, or because I’m out of practice writing academic papers, or if it’s linked to the fact that I’ve had 2 children in under 2 years and my brain hasn’t yet recovered and returned to its previous capabilities!!!

I learned a lot from this assessment task in terms of content, but also in terms of applying that content. That is to say that I felt like I was really practising the information process out for myself: thinking about the information that I needed to find, locating it, evaluating it and then using it and communicating it in my work. I really tried to develop a true understanding of the role of the TL in an ILSC and feel. As a result, I’m now working on a presentation that I will give to the principal and admin’ team on that role in an attempt to develop one shared view of my position in school for us all. This is basically what I wrote about in my assignment and I’m glad that I’m actually going to put it into practice.

I’m not used to having to make presentations and I don’t especially like being the one in the spotlight, but I am excited about sharing my ideas and understanding with others. I hope that this will result in us working together to develop a role statement for me in school and in me being allowed to concentrate on the leader, collaborator and educator side to my role – rather than the traditional manager (in terms of cataloguing books) part.

This doesn’t mean that I wish to surrender the idea of promoting literature and a love of reading. I’ve just run the book club in school for the second time ever and I’m receiving positive support on this from the parents. Also, I’m investigating setting up subscription to an online reading quiz for our students. In a previous school where I worked, we used Accelerated reader, but I think that our budget won’t stretch to that. So, I’m looking into bookadventure.com. If anyone knows of any other alternatives that we might be interested, please let me know! I’ve enrolled a couple of volunteers from school so that they can trial the bookadventure for me. I hope that they will help me assess whether it will be something that will be sufficient for the rest of the students in school.

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