Having successfully completed my part 1 Teacher-Librarian online course, and having been rewarded by my principal (always let your principal know when you are taking a course!) with a section of library in the fall, I decided to enroll in part 2. So, my blog lives on!
Additionally, I’m feeling more reflective of my teaching practice lately: the pandemic really challenged educators like myself. I was already teaching an online course (but was re-writing the content for a new course) and had already integrated Google Classroom into my practice on a regular basis, so while that part was very time-consuming, it was manageable for me. What was most challenging for me was dealing with a pandemic (and the various government responses to it), managing my classes (including managing my expectations), and then watching the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. Not only was this a watershed moment in American and Canadian politics, but this meant equity issues, anti-racist education, and culturally responsive teaching suddenly moved to the forefront of priorities for many educators. As I am working through my teacher-librarian course materials, I am re-thinking the fall semester not just through the lens of the pandemic, but also through an anti-racist lens. I’ve been engaged in re-thinking things through an anti-colonial lens for a while now, but it’s time to make significant changes. I will share more on this later. As many other educators have already noted, we have the opportunity to re-visit and change how we approach school and our classes in the fall.