School Librarian for Hire!

It seems as if every day I hear about more and more jobs for qualified school librarians being cut. With sharing my time between MN and CA, I’m looking to be hired for remote assistance! I was recently the school librarian for Fairmont Area Schools in southern Minnesota. As the elementary librarian, I was responsible for 900+ students and over 100 staff. Needless to say it was a BIG job that I was happy to put my efforts into. Though their was no way I could ever accomplish everything on the job description, I did make positive change in the two years I spent as their librarian. They were a school that hadn’t had a qualified librarian in many, many years and it showed both in the collection and the utilization of library services. I’m not here to say I could ever accomplish that job remotely however I do know there are certain elements I am able to fulfill thanks to the internet and other amazing technological innovations. The main tasks I’m able to fulfill for you include: Professional Development Learning Guides Project-based / Peformance-based Assessments Literacy Stations Curriculum Development and Resource Curation Fun Stuff (Personalized bookmarks, scavenger hunts, flyers, printables) Please […]

Quality Resource: Youth for Human Rights

Youth for Human Rights is dedicated to making human rights a global reality. They do this by working from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in 1948 by the United Nations. As Americans, we are part of this document! Best of all, for all of you who are teachers (remember that school librarians are teachers too), the kit for educators is completely free! The bonus is that it is designed for elementary, middle, and high school. Therefore, no matter your students, there is something for you. I’ve used these materials here in the US and while teaching abroad and they work. There are also plenty of resources available for download if you’d like to use something now or are not interested in ordering. Check them out at: While in a library setting, I made a display on a big wall above a bookshelf with each of the 30 rights included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I pointed this display out to students to use as a reference not only for lessons we were doing but also for the bookmark station. I always have a bookmark station, sometimes it’s just paper, scissors, and media for them to create […]

Winter Break Bingo!

Teachers, Librarians, & Administrators (of elementary students), Are you looking for a fun way to promote reading and writing this winter break? Check out: Winter Break Bingo Simply print, discuss, and pass out to your students. There is an optional second page with the prompt of “Draw a picture of yourself reading.” Encourage your students to complete as many boxes as they can and return it after winter break so they can share everything they were up to. If they need an incentive, go for it; and, if you’re looking for personalization, message me! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez Per usual, this resource is also available on TeachersPayTeachers and please let me know how it went over!

The March Against Fear

Ann Bausum has written another excellent piece of literature with her text: The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power It’s a compelling read informing readers about James Meredith and the March Against Fear. Kirkus has a wonderful review if you’re interested in reading more about the text.  This post was written to highlight the PBA (performance-based assessment / project-based assessment) I’ve created to accompany the text and it is accessible to you via the link below! The PBA includes three options for use: 1. A menu in which students choose three projects to make a tic-tac-toe. 2. Two lists requiring students to choose one project from each of the lists. 3. One list of projects requiring students to choose one to complete. The March Against Fear PBA In addition, there are some excellent resources to accompany the text including: Publisher Learning Guide Classroom Suggestions from the Author James Meredith and the March Against Fear National Archives Documents The Visual Imprint of James Meredith by The Black Film Center / Archive The Bob Fitch Photography Archive via Stanford Libraries Please comment on this post or message me if you’ve […]

Quality Resource: Bat Conservation International

Disclaimer: I love bats! That said, I wanted to share a great organization (that has some awesome gifts if you’re looking to “adopt a bat” this holiday season). Bat Conservation International works on every continent bats live. It also has a variety of online, quality resources to get your students interested in bats. To learn more about what they’re up to just check out the links below: Bat Conservation International Bat Masks Kidz Cave Handouts Prevent Extinctions Enjoy and have fun learning more about an animal I truly love, bats! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez