The job of the Teacher Librarian in a PYP school is hard to explain to someone who is not familiar with a contemporary library in an educational setting.
This library does not look like the cliched ‘read a book’ to children and discuss it situation. This is just one component to the learning engagements that will occur.
PYP Teacher Librarians are adding value to the teaching and learning experiences of those in the school community.
The library and the role of the Teacher Librarian has reading and literature promotion embedded in the teaching and learning at the core.
It is also is about classroom teaching, planning, collaboration, mentoring and training.
It does include all the Essential Elements of the PYP, just like a PYP classroom teacher has to consider BUT it also is about visioning, resourcing, budgeting, collection management AND changing culture and attitudes.
It is a role that embraces change and challenge.
It is about Educational Leadership!
Above all it is about supporting and challenging others to be life-long learners and supporting them on the learning journey.
St Andrews will host a ‘Job like day’ later in the term.
This below is just a snippet of the what the day beholds.
“We aim to demonstrate integrity in our relationships with those in our own and wider community. We believe integrity is at the core of how others see us and as such, seek to be hold fast to what is good, by being honest, fair, trustworthy, respectful and ethical in everything we do. Integrity means we do the right thing and make the right choices, even when no one is watching. When we practise integrity, there is no difference between our behaviour and what we know to be right.”
Titus 2:7 – ‘In everything set them an example by doing what is good’
Source: Kotzur, T. (Principal) St Andrews Core Values
The following picture books are worth spending some time analyzing and enjoying.
One small island – PYP Appreciation, Caring, Respect, Integrity
“In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.” http://www.penguin.com.au/products/9780670072361/one-small-island
From little things big things grow – PYP Caring, Respect, Tolerance, Commitment
Why is “hero” a word so often reserved for warriors who fight with guns and weapons to defend their people? In this uplifting book, renowned picture book biographer Jonah Winter writes of another kind of hero, a peaceful hero, who is willing to die for a cause, but never to kill for a cause. http://www.newint.com.au/shop/peaceful-heroes-2802.htm