Which brings me to our newly-joined team -
All of us in ITLMS (Instructional Technology & Library Media Services - a bit of a mouthful but how wonderfully and naturally those words go together!) bring different gifts, assets, and areas of expertise to the table, but we all share a common commitment to teaching, and most importantly, to learning - the learning of our students, our teachers, our administrators, and our own learning as individuals and as a group. As we have worked together over the last several weeks, we have begun to recognize not only individual strengths, but also individual learning styles and points of view. We are learning who is a morning or afternoon person; who is into details or the "big picture;" preferences for desktops, laptops, iPads, MacBooks, etc.; tolerance for sitting; and needs for chocolate and/or coffee.
At a recent planning session we were asked to reflect upon both past and future and put into words a "philosophy of work" (now posted to the right on this blog):
We build supportive relationships
by guiding students and educators
in using the right resources and tools
for the right learners
at the right times.
For Library Media folk, I think these words are like coming home, and not just because of the echo of "the right book for the right reader at the right time." Most resonant may be the phrase about building "supportive relationships" - the essence of collaboration, part of the AASL Standards for over 25 years. And for both Library Media and Instructional Tech people, this is the heart of North Carolina's IMPACT model. I think this is what we are really looking for in our schools: people working together on complex issues that require multiple strategies at different times and for different people. This is why we became, and still are, teachers.
Our work together is just beginning, so please come along for the ride - undoubtedly we are greater together than alone as isolated voices crying in the wilderness. I believe that you will find that it is not just common threads that connect us, but a great deal of common ground as well.
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