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.
I wasn’t always in school libraries.
After having taught English, German, French and ESL (and a little Russian), 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 and skills rather than content, and gives me the opportunity to work with teachers and students across year levels and faculties.
I love the diversity of my role, and the opportunity to research learning areas unfamiliar to me or to dig deeper into subjects. I appreciate being able to observe different teaching styles and also how students learn, and to be a partner to teachers in class. When creating online resources or spaces in the library, there is always the opportunity to play around with creative formats and aesthetics.
Some people say you can’t ‘know’ people online but my own experiences in connective MOOCs has convinced me otherwise. Much more valuable than Google are people I’ve ‘met’ and interact with online – usually people in the business of teaching, curating, or creating.
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.
You can read about my collaborative global project on Flickr blog here.
If you like, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org