It was a strange kind of week. After working with Minerva for over eighteen months I realised just difficult she found it to be flexible. Our Library was gutted (all stacks are on wheels) so that we could hold a student art exhibition and fashion show on Friday night. Minerva was stressing out for many days before hand, trying to force me to lay down all sorts of rules and regulations.
Some of her suggestions were well founded and I did follow up. Others showed me just how much she has to sense she has control. Of course she can argue that on the day all the moving was going on I was sitting at the round table with the Principal; not that I would consider that an out for me! I actually reminded her that all she had to do was supervise furniture removal but I got to spend a whole day with the boss. That did silence her a little!
Actually our big day out was not as uncomfortable as I anticipated. We were seated at a round table and I was able to place two other teachers between me and the boss which worked just fine. I could join in conversation when it suited and pretend I couldn’t hear when I needed too!
Isn’t it sad though when you realise that your Fearless Leader has an IQ several rungs lower than you would consider necessary? I knew he was one to focus on an idea and go with it, no matter what others suggested. Also that he often shot from the hip without research , having been the victim of one of those shots recently. So the feet of clay were noted, but the IQ was a little startling. It meant that he often grabbed a minor point and missed the big picture stuff and then we all had to dance around trying to get him to release his misconception.
This week I learnt that research shows that class size has no impact on student learning. Also that one in five students goes to school and no one, teacher or fellow student, will talk to them in a day. And 80 percent of what students learn in the classroom they learn from peers, but only 20 percent of that is correct! I learnt other things as well, but I think those facts will stun you enough!
Minerva was on her day off Friday and so not there for the final preparations for the gala event. I sent her a text bemoaning the fate of our carpet, as finger food became floor food, just to stir her along. I am confident the cleaners will have been in before Monday, when Minerva gets to return the library to its former glory and I am at a TL professional day, but Minerva was still asking if I was taking all to task. She doesn’t understand that teachers do these things because they must, and they are not event organisers so they are just as lost as everyone else. No point in making enemies and it is the school community’s library, not just ours.
It is a concern though how libraries are expected to be so many things these days. Maker spaces are the in concepts at the moment. Creativity does have a huge impact on learning, but whether the library is place for it is another thing! Not sure if glitter and feathers show dominate reading. We poor librarians are expected to be all things to all people today and we strive to please, even if it exhausts us!
So, this week two TL professional days to attend. I shall continue my red count – it amuses me how many librarians wear red, especially in winter, so I count and comment to Minerva. I wear red sometimes, but never to TL events – I must always stand out.