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 […]

Minnesota Love

Guess what!!! In order to celebrate all things Minnesota, I’ve created an artist shop on Threadless (one of my go-to t-shirt shops online). Check it out at: https://circulatingknowledge.threadless.com/ More designs are on the way and if you have something special in mind, please email me using the contact information above. Thank you for your support! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Learning about the counties within Minnesota

As a native of Minnesota, I’m always interested in learning more about my home state. It was this that led me to create a new project for middle and junior high students (or younger if you want a challenge). Through a written report, poster, presentation, or brochure, your students will enjoy learning about Minnesota’s 87 counties via this new PBA (project-based assessment) and learning guide (found via the menu above). This PBA is multi-disciplinary as it involves reading, researching, writing, about a Minnesota county (and therefore includes social studies). Dependent on your needs and interests this project can easily be worked on independently or in a group setting. Each county has been formatted into the form of a bookmark.Simply print these pages and cut (there are four per page). To cut down on total pages, the listing of all 87 counties (designed to be the back of all bookmarks) precedes the individual pages. After learners have selected their county (via taking a bookmark or you have handed one to them), they will need to locate where their county is in the state of Minnesota. Have a Minnesota county map available at this time. You will see through the learner handout […]