Pen’s TL Blog

Journey to the Centre of Teacher Librarianship

Hello world! February 26, 2009

Filed under: Reading for pleasure,Teacher Librarianship — penszen @ 1:45 am

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!


4 Responses to “Hello world!”

  1. Nadia Says:

    Hi Penny,
    I feel as though you and I may get on very well. Reading your first blog I was nodding and smiling in recognition of a very similar little girl to myself (once upon a time).
    I have started my Masters of Education TL at QUT this year and so far I’m really loving it.
    I love your idea of creating your own Web 2.0 page to document your growing knowlege.
    I may have to get out there and create one of my very own.


    • penszen Says:

      Hi Nadia, lovely to hear from you. The blog is a requirement for our course at CSU but yes, it’s fun and really works as a tool for reflection. Plus random people write to you! How is the QUT course? I’ll keep an eye out for your blog. Good luck!

  2. Tania Schaap Says:

    HI Penny,

    I have just gone back to my blog (after finally finishing my scolarly paper!) and found the lovely message you left. Thanks so much. It is good to know that more people than myself and my husband (because I made him) have looked at my blog! I have been reading through yours and it looks brilliant!

    You sound in a similar situation to me, my children are also 4 and 1 , 2 girls. However, this is my first foray into study since I finished uni, so it has been a bit of a struggle to get the brain matter going again. I am still teaching, just 1 day a week which is nice to keep my hand in! However, when I go back on a more permanent basis, I would like it to be in the library.

    Good luck with it all Penny, all the best for assignment 2. I am yet to delve into the readings that I didn’t get around to…I gave myself a week off! However, that is up now, so I have to get going again.

    All the best!

  3. […] first blog entry, Hello World (26/2), reflects my one-sided view of the library as a repository of stories and me, the teacher […]

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