Hi, I’m Tania Sheko, and I’m a teacher and teacher librarian at Melbourne High School, a selective 9-12 boys’ school, in Melbourne, Australia.
Currently I teach VCE English Language and Personal Development. People often lack a full understanding of what a teacher librarian does. I think if they knew, more people would want the role. The teaching in the TL role is limited only by imagination (and money, sadly). My teaching history included English, German, French and ESL (and a little Russian), so I can support students and teachers in these areas (at least), eg by providing proof-reading services to students, mini courses in things like academic writing, media literacy skills, student leadership interview practice, etc., as well as the traditional ‘library’ help with research, ethical use of online resources, citation of sources, etc.
Some people say you can’t ‘know’ people online but my own experiences in connective MOOCs has convinced me otherwise. Drawing from a community of people who are in the business of teaching, curating, or creating is a great alternative to googling when you want educational expertise.
My interests include the visual arts, music and literature. In my undergraduate Arts degree, I specialised in avant-garde German theatre (Max Frisch’s Graf Öderland), and I think that my interest in the avant-garde continues in the sense of a focus on the experimental and innovative. I like to reshape the way I do things.
If you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, you’ll notice my addiction to art, illustration and animation. I love being able to support art students by sharing my finds on my art blog, Art does matter.
The best part of writing a blog and participating in online networks is the connection to people and the resulting conversations. Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment or just introducing yourself.
You can see what’s caught my eye on Diigo.
I am privileged to coordinate a great bunch of students who love to write – together every Friday at lunchtime. You can follow Melbourne High School Library’s blog and enjoy my students’ writing on their blog.
You can read about my collaborative global project on Flickr blog here.
If you like, you can email me email@example.com