An overview: Introduction to the course, why teaching matters in libraries, best practices in learning, learning versus teaching, librarianship, interviews
I am very excited for this class and appreciate how focused it seems to be on practical application of the concepts and practice in the best-practices. I know from my previous experience that this is far better than being able to say what book an answer is in (or something to that affect). I am excited to learn how to approach teaching in a library with the mind-set of patron learning. As in the readings, much of the ideas presented in lecture are the same ideas that permeated my undergraduate classes in early childhood education. I made every attempt to teach in a way that worked for student-learning and not “I taught it so they better know it” but there is always room to grow and learn and approach the same topic in a different way next time to make it easier and more successful for the learner.
This also reminded me of a thought I had last semester – I am curious if librarians are made better by taking pedagogy and child development classes as well as classes like collection development or professional practices etc. Although I made the personal choice to not pursue life as a school librarian but instead focus more on public librarianship, I wonder if my experiences and learning in pedagogy and child development will transfer to this new profession. I believe it will impact how I approach my teaching responsibilities in the library – but I wonder if I will be able to keep the mindset when doing other activities – such as program planning etc.
I also wonder if librarianship should begin to include classes on pedagogy and child development. Since so many of our predecessors state that the library IS a place for education and that librarians ARE educators, perhaps it’s time library schools prepare librarians for this idea on a more fundamental level rather than just saying it.
During class I could not decide whether or not I was a fixed or flexible mindset learner. (Read more about those ideas here.) I feel as though I was definitely raised to think that I was smart and could do anything I wanted but I also started playing violin at a very young age. The nature of learning to play an instrument is very fluid and very focused on learning parts separately and together and without music and with music (not to mention needing to learn how to read music). From that experience alone I think it feels very natural for me to say you can learn anything you can take in things now and revisit it later and take in more information.
Looking forward to next week!