Hi, my name is Tania Sheko and I’m a teacher librarian at Melbourne High School, a selective 9-12 boys’ school, in Melbourne, Australia.
After teaching English, German, French and ESL, I changed track, taking on the role of a teacher librarian. Often misunderstood, this role – supporting and enhancing teaching and learning across the curriculum – enables me to focus on the learning rather than content.
I believe that libraries are the centre of learning and culture, and that teacher librarians play a vital role in a fast-changing, information- and media-rich world.
My main focus and passion is the creation of authentic, passion-driven learning experiences where technology enables connections and rich conversation with people and often experts outside the classroom walls, where personal connections grow compassion.
I see life as continual learning for everyone – for teachers as much as students. I believe in schools without walls, and the creativity evident in self-initiated learning of young people. My best learning happens when I am connected to other people, both face to face and online.
This blog was originally created to record my progress in a Web 2.0 program run by the School Library Association of Victoria in 2008. It soon took on a life of its own, allowing reflection, sharing of ideas and information, and social networking.
My own children started out with a Montessori education before jumping back into mainstream. This choice for them stemmed from my own observation of younger children and their amazing natural desire to learn contrasted with a disengagement in the early high school years. I’ve always wanted to understand what happens to ‘kill off’ that natural love of learning so that I can have a part in inspiring young people during their school years, in helping them enjoy learning and become lifelong learners.
Outside of my job, 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.
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 follow me on Twitter @taniatorikova.
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