New teachers induction day
I recently attended a new teachers induction day alongside Ellie, one of our SLS librarians. Schools' Library Service (SLS) were asked to attend as a support service and were delighted to be able to to chat to new teachers about how our service supports teaching and teachers. Many teachers had heard of SLS's having come from the UK and were expecting the book loans but were surprised when we started telling them about the support we provide within the classroom. This is where advocacy is essential because our role is also to 'empower the teachers to be digitally fluent and connected' through co-teaching in the classroom. We were able to talk to teachers about the support we give in:-
- lessons, on using online resources, focusing on the importance of a keyword search.
- using current digital tools such as Padlet and Flipgrid within the classroom. We create the platform find a connecting school and help support it during the lesson.
- collaborations by finding and linking classrooms across the world.
- bringing the outside world into the classroom thought Google hangouts, be that specialist on volcanoes or people talking about their own culture.
- engaging ways to encourage reading, literacy and information literacy i.e breakout
- book awards etc.
All of this empowers the teachers to do this themselves. Many teachers do not have the time to do much of this when it all seems so scary and new to them. Our role allows them to try these things with support. We show them how to find connections, what new digital tools to use, how to set up the platforms and when they are ready, they do it themselves.
So do I do it for them? Yes but only when they need me to...