I love to say these words. I say them with pride.
Inevitably someone then asks, "What do you teach?"
This is such a difficult question to answer. When I say, "I am a Library Teacher" or "Teacher Librarian" I feel compelled to then get very specific about the things I actually teach.
What do I teach? I teach information literacy skills. I teach Website evaluation. I teach location and access in a library. I teach nonfiction conventions. I teach about authors and illustrators. Yikes! That’s dry and sterile.
Maybe I should say, "I am a trained and skilled professional who provides the environment, opportunities and tools for learning."
SO...then what do I teach?
I hope I teach a love of learning.
I hope I inspire a love of reading.
I hope I teach children to love books and all the information they contain and from which they construct knowledge. Books create bridges to new information, new understanding, and new ideas. If the Internet is the information super highway, then books are the necessary bridges that connect all the meaning and knowledge found there. Book readers practice skills essential to life long learning -- critical reading - thinking, evaluation, and assessment.
So, yes. I am a teacher. Meet me at the corner of reader and book. We'll be learning something new there.