One of the many hats the teacher librarian wears is the role of professional developer. Yes, we are bound to develop our own skills. These days, we find professional development opportunities through conferences and workshops, but more and more of us are moving to OERs, webinars, and connections through social media sources like Twitter and Facebook. As Carolyn Foote notes in her 2013 Library Media Collection article “From professional development to personalized learning,” personalized learning is “something that you do for the benefit of your own learning on your own time and at your own convenience, and it’s tailored to what you need.” Foote points out that we have ample choices at our fingertips, and we need to use them.
How do we transfer what we’re getting to the teaching staff and classified staff at our schools? I’ve been pondering this question as summer comes to a close and I will be looking for ways to get into the classroom to support teachers since, as Kristin Fontichiaro states in her 2013 article “Librarians as professional developers,” “being a professional developer allows librarians to reach kids by empowering their teachers” (p. 47). In past years, I have been able to incorporate what I’m learning into weekly emails that I send out to the staff, called “Tech Tip Tuesday.” I’ve also been able to use what I’ve learned in tech menu sessions and in department meetings.
But part of my problem is organization. My tech tip emails are in one spot; my tech lessons in another, etc. A lot of the professional learning comes at me in bits and bytes, and winds up relegated to a back channel. I would love to have all my little bits and pieces in one spot so I can find it easily AND direct staff to it.I love Pinterest for that, and I’ve used my Google+ account to do a little of this, too. The new Google Sites can also be a great place to put stuff, except for the fact that it’s not ready to work with Widgets (my Twitter feed and Pinterest boards are just links). I love WordPress, and have a feeling I’ll be moving everything onto a site here…
Any of you out there have some good tips on getting my professional development ideas organizing your good stuff?
Foote, C. (2013). From professional development to personalized learning. Library Media Connection, 31(4), 34-35. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=84557824&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Fontichiaro, K. (2013, May). Librarians as professional developers. School Library Monthly, 29(8), 47-48. Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=87773567&site=ehost-live&scope=site