First we read “When Teachers Drive Their Learning” which examined a style of teacher training called Fusion that was promoted by the school and paced in a way that allowed the teachers to drive their learning and gather inspiration from one another. The teachers observe each other using the skills and have mentors who are experienced observe them and give feedback on their acquisition of the new style of teaching. Fusion allows teachers to retain their own style of teaching while allowing them to gain new skills for their toolkit. I really like that Fusion relies on, “motivation, time to develop professionally, and teacher leadership” because it allows teachers to improve without investing their own time and money. It also allows teachers to become “experts” which raises school morale. It’s a little bit hard to transfer this to academic librarianship, however I do believe that it could work. At UM, I do like that the library hosts webinars that they gather groups of librarians to view. There are efforts to do professional development on work time, but I don’t know if this does as much as Fusion might. I will have to think on it more and try to come up with a way to implement it and what skills would be of use in my desired job.
The C’s of Our Sea Change goes through the creation of a training program for staff who were struggling with technological problems in a very large system. Lori Reed was the trainer and developed a tiered plan that would cover all skill levels. She did research on previous libraries experiences and worked with her IT department to see what problems were most reported and could have been solved by general staff. The first step was a classroom based session and ended with those who attended going out to their locations and showing people who missed the class what they had learned. The program also encouraged staff to experiment with social media tools. Similar to this class, the emphasis has been learning, creation, and experimentation instead of doing it “correctly”.
“Drawings for a new laptop and PDA were also thrown into the prize pool. As one savvy children’s manager said to me one day, ‘Learning 2.0 was merely summer reading for kids repackaged with different incentives for staff.'”
I’m so glad that I’ve used this blog to reflect all semester. I’ve had a lot of fun with it and my experiences have changed how I view the social media side of the profession. I’m contemplating continuing this blog because I have gained so much from it. I think my big take away is that generally while writing I feel as though I am talking to myself, and if I did truly want it to be a professional resource, I would have to change that to be speaking for an audience.
Lastly, (for today and theoretically forever) Kristin Fontichiaro, my professor, wrote a piece that adapted Reed and Blowers work and used it to work with elementary school teachers to expand their knowledge of Web 2.0 tools (I still hate that term). I chuckled my way through it because it sounds like she has adapted that course for elementary school teachers for us future librarians in this class. It was so valuable to be able to “practice” social media with the support of my peers. I can easily see how it would be valuable to do with coworkers. It is such a nice thing to have visible learning progress with blogs. I have found that I have learned a lot when reading those of my peers and my comments caused me to further reflect, and often started my next blog post in a different way that I had initially intended.
There is so much still to be said for what I’ve learned in this class. I hope to continue this blog because it has been a good method for my own learning and reflection. I know that I will have to have a final synthesis for this class but there is so much to do in 24 hours that I can’t right now! Thank you to my cohort for reading my ramblings and providing me with inspiration in yours. I’ve really enjoyed it!
Blowers, Helene, and Lori Reed. “The C’s of Our Sea Change: Plans for Training Staff, from Core Competencies to Learning 2.0.” Computers in Libraries 27.2 (2007): 10-15.
Fontichiaro, Kristin. “Planning an Online Professional Development Module.” School Library Media Activities Monthly 25.2 (2008): 30-31.
Semadeni, Joseph. “When Teachers Drive Their Learning.” Educational Leadership 67.8 (2010): 66-69.