TL Inquiry Report examined in Education Review

23 06 2011

Two articles this week in Education Review are available for you to circulate with permission far and wide.

They are:

Darragh O’Keefe’s report on reactions to the Inquiry Report, TL report a good start, says sector  and

Protecting an endangered species, where Georgia Phillips critiques the Inquiry Report.

Also this week’s Australian Teacher Magazine:

  • ASLA President Darlene Hill’s excellent article, “It’s clear – Australian teacher librarians are worth their weight in gold.”
  • an excellent Editorial “Wanted : Teacher Librarians”
  •  The Jewellery Box Mystery (Online research task set by a Queensland TL)
  • and a report on Simultaneous “Storytime Success” with a photo of Penrith PS library and teacher librarian, Ian McLean.
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24 06 2011
Jenni Antulov

Libraries and their functions in Western Australian Schools

1. The library at school is a safe haven for students who are friendless or who do not fit in. It is a place where students and teachers are able to sit and read or play board games with others, co-operatively.

2. The library is a place where students’ love of paper, pens, ink and books bound, is nurtured, and is, for many people, the first place that people are confronted with opportunities for imagination.

3. Where teacher librarians are present, there are increased opportunities for students to interact with another adult, who has a passion for and understanding of literature and who can provide assistance with technological literacy in a way that others cannot.

4. One of the purposes of an education is to provide students with scaffolding to assist their increased independence. I would argue that students who have access to more teachers with varied expertises will have the support to enable them to be more effective independent learners.

5. The ability to google, cut and paste does not lead to a student who demonstrates understanding. I am amazed at the leaps of faith some people make, regarding unsupported use of technology.

6. In Pride and Prejudice, Darcy comments that “every savage can dance” Alas, not every student can read and write. This does mean that those students will never be exposed to wider ways of thinking than are reflected by the mass media or their families.

7. One of the purposes of an education is to provide students with scaffolding to assist their increased independence. I would argue that students who have access to more teachers with varied expertises will have the support to enable them to be more effective independent learners.

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