Good morning and welcome to my first post of my first blog.
A bit about me. My name is Penny and I’m a primary school teacher who is currently at home with my 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I love being a full-time mum but I miss the stimulation of teaching and schools in general. So having finished a postgrad diploma in Special Education at Macquarie University (highly recommended) I have decided to pursue another interest, which is Teacher Librarianship.
I have always loved books and reading. I was one of those quiet bespectacled children who liked nothing more than adventuring with Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, sobbing through the heartwrenching animal tales of Helen Griffiths, soaring with Anne McCaffrey’s dragonsingers and getting spooked by Nicholas Fisk. I wanted one day to be that kind of writer, who would produce books that people hugged to their chest after reading, wanting to stay with those characters for ever.
As a teacher, I love to share my passion with children and I fancy that I’m a pretty good story reader. Nothing settles a bouncy class more than a good book. I was lucky enough to get a three day a week job in a junior school library for a year while I was pregnant with my son. I was in heaven – I loved being involved with all the children and all the staff (collegiality is one of my favourite things), being in what I considered the hub of the school. And being surrounded by books. I spend the year catching up on all the newer fiction that I was out of touch with, carrying home piles of books and devouring them in satisfying chunks. Children’s books really are tasty. After that I realised that I wanted to pursue that avenue and eventually, when I get back to work, to work in a school library again, and next time, really know what I’m doing.
So here I am, starting my Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship at Charles Sturt University, starting a blog and starting to get my head around the new world of information technology that our children, and we, are surrounded by. Wish me luck!