The Missing Link: Librarians and Teaching Identity

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The Missing Link: Librarians and Teaching Identity

  1. 1. THE MISSING LINKLibrarians and the Teaching IdentitySarah Faye CohenChamplain College, Burlington, Vermont
  2. 2. • Why focus on developingSession Goals the teaching identity?What are we here to talkabout today? • How can we cultivate the teaching identity? • What are obstacles to cultivating the teaching identity, said and unsaid? • What are the results of this work?
  3. 3. Why focus on developingthe teaching identity?In two parts.
  4. 4. 1. Professionally and logistically• Combats burnout and isolation.• Improves effectiveness in the classroom.• Facilitates collaboration and “groupthink” for more diversity of ideas. http://www.flickr.com/photos/catheroo/1474795920
  5. 5. Butwhatis“teachingidentity”? http://www.flickr.com/photos/drewleavy/753717493
  6. 6. “We rarely talk with each other about teaching atany depth—and why should we when we havenothing more than „tips, tricks, and techniques‟ todiscuss? That kind of talk fails to touch the heartof the teacher‟s experience.” (The Courage to Teach, 13)
  7. 7. “the heart of the teacher‟s experience” • What does it mean to be teaching librarian? • What does it mean to be a teacher? • Are you a teacher? • What does that look like, sound like, feel like, taste like?
  8. 8. Getting things out in the open.
  9. 9. Exposing the truth behind our challengeshttp://collegeteachingtips.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/PonderingInstructor.jpg
  10. 10. Is it something else? A crisis.• Fear • A fear of obsolescence • A fear of not knowing • A fear vulnerability • A fear of judgment• Lack • A lack of confidence • A lack of voice • A lack of agency • A lack of faith in http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4993073773/ ourselves as teachers
  11. 11. A clean start to a difficult topic.http://www.flickr.com/photos/phipag/6839447970
  12. 12. At the elemental level. “Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you keep digging.” (Marcus Aurelius)• To understand our students, our objectives, our pedagogy, and our teaching, we need to understand ourselves. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rrrodrigo/5998696169
  13. 13. HOW DO WE DO THAT?
  14. 14. Define your communityhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dimitryb/2268492152
  15. 15. Standing Meetings • Specific time for the people who teach to address teaching • Time to acknowledge, vent, ex periment, design, shar e • Expression of value and importance
  16. 16. Group Readings• Why? • The group that reads together, stays together. • An environment that is informal, relaxed, and supportive.• How • A book of one‟s own • Various formats • Using meeting time to read • Focused. http://www.flickr.com/photos/benobryan/3386185638
  17. 17. What to read:• Pieces that address our challenges, not reinforce our expertise. • Exploring yourself as a teacher: The Courage to Teach • Who are today‟s students? Born Digital • Helping students to “get it” Made to Stick • Unplugging: Hamlet‟s Blackberry http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna/199723292
  18. 18. Developing a Teaching Philosophy • Motivation. • What is your “modus operandi” for being in the classroom? • Vision for the classroom and teaching experience. • A focus on you, not the students.http://www.flickr.com/photos/apc33/2445600596/
  19. 19. Debrief sessions• Designing sessions are a process, not a product.• Before • What is our “CI” and our “takeaway”? • What learning styles are we addressing? • What problems can we anticipate?• After • What worked? What didn‟t? • What will I do differently? • What will I do again? http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnji/6907148829
  20. 20. Peer to Peer Observations• An opportunity to learn about the physical • Non-verbal communication • Intonation• Back of the room view of students• What will I try from http://www.flickr.com/photos/ulfbodin/4404742562 their way of teaching?
  21. 21. What observations are not. http://www.flickr.com/photos/estherase/976581518
  22. 22. My own learning experiencehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/30571787@N00/307814064/
  23. 23. The tenor of the conversation• Listening• Safe spaces: a judgment free zone• Welcome challenges and failures• Marinating• Conflict as a need expressed in another direction http://www.flickr.com/photos/riz94107/3357665840
  24. 24. USING INQUIRY TO BUILDTHAT TONE AND SPACE
  25. 25. Give voice• Nostalgia• Animosity• Hard conversations• Open-ended questions• “Not our problem to solve.”• Uncertainty
  26. 26. Embedding reflection
  27. 27. WHAT ARE OBSTACLESTO CULTIVATING THETEACHINGIDENTITY, EXPLICIT ANDIMPLICIT?
  28. 28. Common Obstacles• Time• “I‟m fine in the classroom.”• “I don‟t need help.”• “I have nothing to learn from them.”• Not supported• Not important to my evaluations http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilspicys/2349798104
  29. 29. Fear of the unknown and uncharteredhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/pelcinary/4958173169
  30. 30. IS IT WORTH IT?
  31. 31. Yes. And we will do it together.http://www.flickr.com/photos/pelcinary/4958754738/
  32. 32. What do we get out of this work?• Teams • Authentic support • Collaboration • Creativity • Trust• Confidence• Better teachers• Fun http://www.flickr.com/photos/notsogoodphotography/3434414425
  33. 33. How do you know?• Word of mouth• Statistics speak• Reference• Distributive leadership• Stronger sense of teaching community
  34. 34. HOW CAN YOU BEGIN?
  35. 35. Start here http://www.flickr.com/photos/elmada/5416602201
  36. 36. Share your experience http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruminatrix/3755296805
  37. 37. Invite others http://www.flickr.com/photos/mintlipgloss/251326649
  38. 38. Persisthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mindwhisperings/4783343871
  39. 39. “We cannot know the greatthings of the universe until weknow ourselves to be greatthings.” (The Courage to Teach, 113)
  40. 40. THANK YOU. Always happy to talk further. thesheckspot@gmail.com @thesheck
  41. 41. I‟D LOVE YOUR HELP.• What do you consider to be the obstacles to teaching identity work?• What kinds of research would help shed light on this issue?• What would support for teaching identity work look like at UK libraries?• How can we demystify this work and how can we help it gain traction in the academy?

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