Since critical library instruction is all about purposeful question posing and reflection, I thought this would be a great place to start. So far the book is a great read and inspiring for those end of the semester blues. Char Booth begins by defining instructional literacy as being composed of four parts: reflective practice, educational theory, teaching technologies, and instructional design. Each chapter includes reflection points and space for you to reflect on your own current teaching practices. It really could function as a sort of library instruction bootcamp workbook, and I could see it being an interesting addition to user education library science courses.
The first chapter is on teaching effectiveness and one of the end of the chapter questions is to write a teaching philosophy in under 75 words. One of my favorites in that segment comes from Emily Drabinski (one of the editors of Critical Library Instruction) and she says:
"You know what gets me excited? Information. Finding it, thinking about it, critiquing it, wrestling with it, arguing about it, producing it. And I believe every student in my classroom feels the same way, even if they don't know it yet"
Here's what I came up with:
" I want to fuse theory with praxis when it comes to information literacy instruction. Engaging my users means being hands-on, welcoming, on their level, and constantly learning alongside them. Struggling with information and the research process is tricky, but it doesn’t have to be boring and top-down. When it’s all said and done I want to be critical, reflective, authentic, and constantly engaging in the same inquiry I expect my students to. "
Writing a 75 word teaching philosophy is a lot less intimidating than previous incarnations of my philosophy. What's your 75 word teaching philosophy?