Wow, I had a bit of a roll in July as far as blog posts go but I am ashamed to see how I have neglected my blog since then. In my defence, a lot of things have happened that rather swallowed my time. I am part of the team that, over the last few months, founded the campaign group Voices for the Library which came about due to serious concerns we have about the future of public libraries in the face of huge cuts to public services. This campaign was (and still is) a massive undertaking but I am very proud of it. My own local library service is at threat so I set up a local campaign group Friends of Cheltenham Library (boy, campaigning is hard!) and I started a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Suffice it to say life has been hectic! Excuses out of the way I am actually here to ask a question I need your help with:
Does anyone have any suggestions on what they would like to see included in a practical book for teacher librarians? I have recently been asked this question myself and I personally think it would be good to have a book that suggests a range of teaching methods that we can use for our teaching sessions which are explained and supported by approrpriate teaching theory. I say this because since I have started a PGCHE the theory I am learning is really making me think about how I deliver my lessons, why I do them that way and what I can improve. I had no knowledge of what “surface” or “deep” learning is and how teaching and assesments can impact on the students engagement in learning. I knew roughly what my aims were in my teaching sessions but I did not really know the best ways of ensuring I set and realised appropriate outcomes. After reading this interesting article “Trying to figure it out”: Academic librarians talk about learning to teach I wonder how many others like me just “try to figure it out” as we go along. I think a book that explains theory and makes practical suggestions would really help. What do you all think?