IASL Conference and after harvest walk

Alas, I will not be attending this year’s IASL Conference which takes place in Brisbane from 27 September to October 1. As ever, there is a wide range of topics being discussed by speakers on the themes of:

Developing curriculum – These sessions may focus on the collaborative work of teacher-librarians and classroom teachers and teacher-librarians and students to demonstrate the effectiveness of school library programs within the curriculum; the development and delivery of engaging and inspiring teaching programs to encourage social learning.

Delivering excellence through standards – These sessions may focus on the application of standards in information and digital literacy through national and international programs; the development and application of standards for the teacher-librarianship profession; the development of policy and procedures to support teaching standards.

Supporting the digital education agenda – Sessions within this strand may address the changes in information & communication technologies (ICTs) and the impact on teaching and learning programs; the challenges of ICT delivery, access and bandwidth; the social and ethical responsibility of use of ICT tools.

Building literate communities – These sessions may focus on the development of creative and literate learners through reading, writing, books, art and literature.

So, if you can attend, I certainly urge to do so as it is always an invigorating conference with the chance to meet colleagues from many countries.

As Brisbane heads into Spring, so Autumn arrives here in Scotland and the harvest is mainly over. One of the joys of the brief post-harvest time – as the farmers are soon into the fields of bales and stubble with their ploughs – is walking along the side of fields in which the bales still sit proudly. The fields are firm underfoot and easy for walking. Of course, in Scotland (unlike Australia) there is access to farm tracks because of the right of way law . Of course, you must keep to established tracks and normally, you would not talk in the fields themselves. This gives a great freedom to roam and to experience views as in the picture below which looks down from Doon Hill all the way across to North Berwick Law, both of which have had favourable mentions here before.

After the harvest


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