“Oh, teacher librarian? So, what do you do? (Awkward silence) I guess you teach library lessons.”
Even when you think that you and your colleagues have demonstrated to your school community what you actually do and are capable of doing, there will be the unexpected and totally surprising (not in a good way) comment which reminds me that we are partially stuck in people’s outdated perception of who we are and what we do. Is it because we all remain isolated in our silo-esque faculties in our schools, or that we are so busy trying to keep up with everything that we don’t have the time or headspace to even imagine what other educators are doing? And partially because, even as I sit at my computer researching and curating resources for teachers/students, a teacher will come in and ask me to photocopy something, and in his head, I am the person who assists him with menial chores – and cheerfully, because I love my job.
As a sort of creative therapy for my frustration, I made this very tongue-in-cheek slideshow. Hope you enjoy it. Just a bit of fun; hope nobody is offended by it.
We are teacher librarians – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
2 thoughts on “We are teacher librarians. We teach library lessons. #perception #librarymyths”
Love it! I wish other teachers knew what I know, that teacher librarians are the best teaching teammates I have!
Thank you for your kind words, Chris. I wish all teachers were like you – open, generous, charming, and inspiring.