When you were growing up, did your parents ever give you advice based on their past experiences? Of course you have! (Honestly, who hasn’t offered up some kind of advice where they get to talk about themselves?) And when your parents thought you were listening intently and taking their well-earned words to heart… you weren’t, were you? Of course not! They are older, and they don’t know about everything that’s going on in your life, at that very moment. So why should you care?
Well, surprise, surprise – they were right, weren’t they? (Even now I bet you can hear, “I told you so,” in your mother’s voice.) Hopefully by now you understand the reason I have included my general anecdote on advice…
For one reason or another, the role of the librarian has been highly overlooked in the past, even though they are highly knowledgeable in various areas of expertise. Specifically, resources. Julie was our librarian, and she was amazing. She gave us multiple “student friendly” websites and applications we were able to incorporate into our lesson plan. Without her input I highly doubt we would have been able to find these “funds of knowledge” (from the Moll & Gonzalez reading for Educ 402), or it would have taken a very long time to find them. Based on her past experiences, such as co-teaching with subject-specific educators and teaching for many years on her own, she successfully facilitated our cohesive lesson plan. We even made a wiki for anyone to view our amazingness.
Maybe it’s because we are older, or maybe we are just that awesome, but we really enjoyed any and all input from our assigned librarian. Her advice on the process of creating effective lesson plans and the technological resources available, was much better than reading it in a book. Unlike our course readings/texts, we were actually able to “talk to the text” directly with the “author” of a singular personal example, affording us a better comprehension through the creation of a collaborative lesson.
I felt like I was in the Scarlett students’ shoes, being offered an “educational opportunity,” (from the Alexander article in Educ 695), where I wouldn’t have been able to find such an opportunity to interact with such a wealth of knowledge on my own.
(P.S. it was cool to make a podcast.)