My name is Alicia and I am a proud @PeelSchools Teacher Librarian in a secondary school.
The reality is that despite being exhausted (‘tis the season…and apparently I agreed to participate in this blog post at 4:30 am over a month ago!) I love my job; I love that I can learn new things each day from both the amazing staff and curious students in my building.
Recently though, I've learned more about collaboration and leadership as I completed my Library Specialist and developed a PD opportunity for our staff. I really admire and appreciate our ITRT, @chawlascience; he is amazing, helpful and inspirational, and was a big part of our Library Learning Commons and #technasium this semester while we ran the Lunchtime Workshop Series to support staff learning of 21st century teaching tools.
Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure of working collaboratively with my LLC PIC (Partner In Crime), @JayneShewman even more this semester. As I've mentioned before, “ we continue to refine our expertise and expand our knowledge through professional relationships and conversations with colleagues” (Partnering for Success: A Resource Handbook for Mentors, 2). Jayne and I have built a strong working relationship; we work to balance each other and regularly promote the ever expanding program offered here @StreetsvilleSS LLC (@PDSB_Libraries & @contej).
This semester I've continued to learn from experience that “...we don’t learn to teach. Rather, we learn from our teaching” (Partnering for Success: A Resource Handbook for Mentors, 2). This, of course, couldn't have authentic roots without collaboration, so I guess that means I’ve learned that collaboration is the core and key to my success as an educator! (281…close enough!)