Visual Note-Taking for Educators

I  recently finished reading Visual Note-taking for Educators: A Teacher’s Guide to Student Creativity by Wendi Pillars and wanted to share this fun, educational read that would be a great addition to any parent or teacher’s learning. Additionally, it was a great book to accompany the book I read with my professional learning community last year, Making it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Visual Note-taking for Educators started with a great introduction and overview of many different scientific learning principles before jumping into a variety of practical ideas for the classroom. The focus on brain-based learning through the integration of student-created visuals makes this book especially relevant in a time when all too many students lack the skills to synthesize, analyze, connect, and critically think about the content they are intended to learn. I especially enjoyed several of the quotes that began the chapters including: Change your language and you change your thoughts. -Karl Albrecht The world needs all kinds of minds, and some of those minds think in pictures. -Temple Grandin Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. -Leonardo da Vinci This book would make […]

Etsy Shop!

Circulating Knowledge is now on Etsy! Featuring card catalog cart art and digital items, the site will grow with time. Take a few moments to check it out, favorite something you like, and share with a colleague, friend, or family member! Thanks so much for your support! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Countdown: The Sixties Trilogy

Having recently finished Countdown by Deborah Wiles, I wanted to share that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this documentary novel. It is the first of The Sixties Trilogy and is so fascinating because though the story is fictional, there are primary documents including photos, advertisements, song lyrics, and speeches interspersed throughout the book. I’m anxious to read Revolutionary (the second) next once my library hold arrives! I believe these novels would fit in well in any middle school or high school library collection. Additionally, these would be a great addition to a course on the 1960s. Have you created a course like this for middle or high school? Email me, I’m working on one! To the resources: Scholastic Book Discussion Guide – includes discussion questions, post-reading activities, an author interview, and websites for additional learning. Countdown PBA (performance-based assessment) – This PBA was created to give students a choice of activities to complete after reading Countdown. There are three different set-ups for this PBA. The first uses the tic-tac-to method of project choices (requires students to complete 3 activities), the second utilizes lists (requires students to complete 2 activities), and the third gives students a choice between all the […]

CCBC Choices

CCBC (The Cooperative Children’s Book Center) Choices is a yearly publication featuring the best books of the previous year. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone interested in literature for children and young adults and 2017’s list is now available! You can get your copy of CCBC Choices 2017 by becoming a member of the Friends of the CCBC or visiting the CCBC (located in Madison, WI, USA) after March 4th, 2017. A list is currently available online however you’ll need the book form to see all the accompanying information. The expertise of the librarians at the CCBC shines through brilliantly within Choices. Not only are there books within a variety of topics but they are accompanied by annotations and statistics of the 2016 publication year. This is my go-to source when it comes to collection development, my personal collection, and deciding what books to purchase as gifts. If you’ve been following Circulating Knowledge, you may remember that the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) was featured in the past as a quality resource, this still rings true! They not only publish Choices each year but also provide a variety of services and host amazing events. And, if you happen to be in […]

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day I thought I’d change it up and create a few cards featuring famous scientists! They’re great for any occasion but an especially nice change for a predominantly commercial-based holiday. The cards feature 12 scientists. They include: Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Jane Goodall, Louis Pasteur, Mae Jemison, Maria Mitchell, Marie Curie, Mario Molina, Melba Roy Mouton, Narinder Singh Kapany, Nikola Tesla, and Rachel Carson. Just for visiting, the file is available free for your download via the link below. Scientist_Valentines However, you’re also welcome to support Circulating Knowledge financially by purchasing them on the Circulating Knowledge Teachers Pay Teacher’s site or Etsy by visiting one of the links below. Scientist Cards on TPT Scientist Cards on Etsy In addition, there is now a Scientists Learning Guide available in the Learning Guides tab. Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

A Bit About Bulgaria Learning Guide / Curriculum

From 2010-2012 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria. During the end of my time there I decided it would be useful to create a curriculum for students when I came back to the states. I finished this curriculum in 2012 however decided it needed an update now that we’re living in 2017. I’m happy to share that the entire learning guide / curriculum has been updated as of January 12th, 2017! Bulgaria is a small country in Eastern Europe that is home to a long history and strong culture. The topics included to not try to explain all aspects of life in Bulgaria but will give you a glimpse into many aspects of life within the country from 2010-2012. “A Bit About Bulgaria” is an integrated, student-centered, learning guide / curriculum that is a great addition to any social studies or homeschool curriculum. All videos incorporated into the activities were made with 5th and 6th grade students in Sliven, Bulgaria, from 2010-2012 in an after school English club. Additionally, these are accompanied with scripts for better understanding. I find it most successful with students in 5th-8th grade. Best of all, the activities do not need to be completed in […]