Phill used the choko as a metaphor for teachers (and librarians) because we often take on the “flavor” of the environment that we “stew” in. This can be a positive thing because it can provide a sense of community and combined purpose, but it can also be problematic if our theory/teaching/thinking becomes so similar that we lose sight of alternate perspectives.
This choko metaphor struck a chord with me. Many years ago, I remember asking permission from my principal if the school library could host a slightly controversial young adult author. When I listed some potential concerns, the response I received was…. “Sometimes you just need to take a risk.” In other words, I was given the permission and grace to fail. What a sense of freedom that offered, and it also opened up creative opportunities.
I’ve often thought of that moment, especially when I’m making difficult decisions. I must admit, there have been many times that I have been the “choko” who blends in or takes on the flavor of what’s popular, easy, or “safe,” while ignoring that unique and creative seasoning I can add to the “stew,” but…there are other times that I resist taking on the flavor of the ordinary and risk failure. I’m thankful that I have supportive administrators in my district, who have encouraged me this past year to take a risk and embark on the journey of piloting and implementing eReaders and iPads in the high school and middle school libraries as well as write about the successes and failures; so far it’s been an exciting path.
So…why the blog? In others words…I’m finally getting to my purpose statement ;-)
- To chronicle the implementation and use of eReader devices, iPads, and eBooks in the high school library.
- To compile any research data and interpretation that results from my experience or any studies that I conduct with eBooks/eReaders.
- To provide a resource of current information for other librarians or technology/media coordinators who want to learn more about using eReaders, iPads, and eBooks in the library and classroom.
- To connect with others who know much more than I do about mobile devices and learn from their expertise.