Insta Review: Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! My mother in law loves to tell this story: When my husband was a kid, he carried around a briefcase, followed the stock market, and read The Hot Zone over and over again (some of us are just lucky enough […]

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Coming Soon: 5th Grade Book Club – The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown

WHO: 5th grade readers, coders, programmers, and any friendly robots that want to join! As always, this book club is completely optional. (And psst – The Wild Robot makes a perfect read aloud. Parents, reading this one together could be a fun way to cozy up in the cold!) WHAT: A Robot Club – featuring […]

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Spark Joy in your Reading Program with Social Media at VAIS 2017

Last week I had the chance to meet and collaborate with other Virginia educators at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools’ annual conference. This year, the conference theme was Leading Learning: Cultivating Curiosity and Joy. Three excellent keynote speakers, a ukulele choir (no, really!), and some awesome breakout sessions made this a jam-packed day collaborating […]

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Insta Review: Lily and Dunkin, by Donna Gephart

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! As the country becomes more and more involved with issues like gender equality, mental health, and human rights, it’s important that we educate children and give them a chance to learn about the different sides of each argument in a […]

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My MozFest Experience

  When Ms. Wilkens first approached me about submitting a session to present at MozFest, I wasn’t sure what to think. Moz? Like… Mozilla? The web browser? When I asked her what MozFest was – what kind of conference? What kind of people will be there? What will I learn? – she just smiled. “It’s […]

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Insta Review: Secret Coders, by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Computer programming + comic books = 😍💕 The first in a new innovative graphic novel series from Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes, Secret Coders Book 1 combines graphic novels, puzzles, and computer science concepts into one crazy creative and […]

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Insta Review: All the Broken Pieces, by Anne E. Burg

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! What is it about a novel in verse that just kicks you in the stomach? At ten years old, Matt was airlifted away from his mother and little brother in Vietnam and taken to America for a “better” life. He […]

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Insta Review: Sprinkle with Murder, by Jen McKinlay

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Notice the creased cover and folded pages of the paperback in the photo? Inside, many pages are taped together or hanging on by a thread. This is what a truly loved book looks like! One of my sixth graders leant […]

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Mozfest 2017

Is That Real?: Preparing Students to Outfox Fake News from St. Anne’s-Belfield School on Vimeo. Pack your bags – we’re taking this show on the road! This Wednesday, Ms. Wilkens and I will be headed to London, England to talk information literacy, fake news, and computer science with educators, artists, and community leaders from all […]

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Insta Review: Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! One sentence into the plot description of Counting Thyme, and my sixth graders were pushing and shoving to get in line for this novel. Thyme loves her home in San Diego – the sunshine, her school, and living next door […]

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