So yesterday I had to take up a position at the circulation desk instead of the library office.
Today I’m still there, and here’s why:
In the course of an hour this morning I had three separate conversations with three different teachers that I wouldn’t have had if I’d been in my office.
- Conversation No. 1: A Science teacher who was booking in her Year 10 class to use computers to research common contemporary myths, such “red sky at night, shepherd’s delight”, for scientific accuracy and proof of validity. As we discussed what her expected outcomes are and a possible approach to guiding her students in a meaningful way, I shared with her the Quality Information Checklist website to illustrate for students the types of questions they need to ask themselves to validate information for research. As a consequence, I taught the first part of this lesson …. today! …. for her class and she is going to share this website with other science faculty who are also teaching this unit.
- Conversation No. 2: A Health and Wellbeing teacher who had booked in at the last minute with his Year 10 boys to use computers. After chatting with him about what they were doing I found out they were researching sexually transmitted diseases, a fun and challenging assignment to research with a class of red-blooded 14 & 15 year old males! I asked him how that was working and showed him the EPIC database, Health and Wellness Resource Centre which is tailor-made for this type of research and presents no problems with filter systems. One of the features I love about this resource is the comprehensive table of contents which helps guide the students to the information required for them to answer their questions.
- Conversation No. 3: Teacher number 3 had brought a couple of her Year 12 Media Studies students into the library to look at newspaper headlines as she was getting them to create their own. I asked “Have you seen the Newspaper Clipping Generator? It might be just what you need.” Half an hour later the same boys came in to show me what they’d created.
As you can see from the photos above, my office is tucked behind a wall, out of the way and while I have plenty of glass (still a barrier) that only gives me a view of half the library. I can’t see people arriving, and more importantly, they can’t see me!
As a consequence of being “front and centre”, I’ve had more spontaneous conversations with the boys as they move through the library in the past two days than I have in the past two months!
Now …. to devise a plan to have us all working in the library and not the office!