A brief history of school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia

I’ve been doing some reading into the history of school libraries, teacher librarians, and the different School Library Associations around Australia to better understand where I, as a teacher librarian, come from, the continual fight for school libraries and teacher librarians, the structures of these organisations and how they support teacher librarians within their states…

Reading Efficiency

I recently came across the concept of the “Matthew Effect” and how it applies to reading, and so I thought I’d share some of my learnings here and combine it with some of the literature I’ve been reading. Firstly, the Matthew Effect is a concept that has been around for a very long time –…

Looking back at 2020

By now, you’re probably all sick of reading posts that highlight how horrible 2020 was and how much people either did or did not achieve during the year. However, I have gotten into the habit of listing the good and bad of the year in reflection so you’ll just have to suffer through another post…

Diversity matters

For a long time I have been tossing up whether or not to write about the importance of reading diverse stories. I’m taking the leap because this is something that I am very passionate about and I think needs discussing. I will contain my focus for this post specifically on books and stories. Without getting…

That moment I realised I knew almost nothing

It has recently come to my attention that I have lived a very sheltered life. I never thought of myself as someone that was naive and ignorant, but during the last couple of months I have discovered that there is a lot of things in the world that I have no idea about. I won’t…

Developing a reading habit

During my research for my thesis, I spent a lot of time reading about the importance of reading (how meta is that…) and I discovered some very interesting things. I thought I’d share some of the most interesting tidbits of information that I discovered here. I also shared a video on my YouTube channel with…

Starting a YouTube Channel

For a while now I’d been tossing up the idea of starting a YouTube Channel. There were a few things holding me back including: 1. Will I get any subscribers? The fear of not having an impact through this new platform did scare me. The need for success in social media does weigh heavily on…

Life update for 2020

In this crazy time of 2020 I, like so many others, have had to make some hard decisions about what I want out of this year. And so, I thought I’d write a quick update about where I’m at and give some details around those hard decisions. In my 2020 goals post earlier this year,…

2020 Goals

It’s that time again! Last year I wrote about resolutions/goals, and I’ve got to say, it set me up beautifully for the year. I made it to the end of the year feeling more like myself, having read 52 books, and with a brand new masters under my belt. I achieved a lot, and setting…

Remembering 2019

It seemed like a good idea back in 2017 to keep track of all that I achieved during the year. However, as the years continue to get busier and busier, I’m starting to think that I need to draft this post at the beginning of the year and just add to it as I go……