Following on from the previous post, we might ask – what makes a good teacher from a TL’s point of view? Should there be any difference between how we as TLs view teachers (including ourselves) and how other teachers view teachers? I think this may be important, as all professions tend to take an introverted view of others. So, for example, I’ve heard TLs referring to colleagues in schools as ‘non-librarians’ alhtough this tends to happen at conferences, where the outside world can sometimes appear remote to some delegates. In answering the question posed – what makes a good teacher from a TL’s point of view? – one of the first things I would suggest is that a good teacher recognises that the TL is a fellow professional and also recognises what the TL’s roles are in the school. TLs often complain to me that teachers only view them as librarians but there’s a danger that TLs only see teachers as subject teachers – an equally narrow view. Thinking about what our colleagues view of us might be is always a valuable exercise. As Burns expressed it ‘ O would some power the giftie gie us, to see ourselves as others see us’.
One of the pleasures of spending time in Australia is the range of flowers on display at all times of the year. At this time of year (autumn in Australia, spring in Scotland) the banksias are in full flower. I think that the banksia in the photo below may well be a coast banksia, in that I saw it near Manly beach. Apparently, there are a lot of rich people in Manly and they can be seen chuckling to themselves on their morning walk from Manly beach to Shelley beach i.e. they are laughing all the way to the banksia.