Ms. Fitz Has Read… January ’18

Inspired by the wonderful Pernille Ripp, I’ve got a new reading resolution for 2018: I’m kicking my reading log up a notch. So that younger readers (and those not using social media) can follow along too, I’ll be keeping a visual reading log on the wall outside of the library. Follow along with my 2018 […]

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Insta Review: Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it!  I picked up Guitar Notes on a quest to find a good book about non-musical theater music performance and theory for my middle school musicians. (What a difficult topic to find – if you have any suggestions, I’d love to […]

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#IADWAYR – January 3, 2018

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 1 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?

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My Favorite Reads from 2017

Each December, my Twitter feed is buzzing with Top 10s and Top 20s, and I AM A SUCKER. FOR ALL OF THEM. I have an incredible online professional network, and I love hearing about the books that have inspired and excited my teaching friends from all over the world. I find some of the best […]

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Insta Review: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, by Wendy Mass

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another seriously quirky story from Wendy Mass. The novel opens with a dodgeball hurtling toward Tessa’s head. Those few seconds stretch into slow motion as Tessa considers ducking to get out of the way – but then decides not to. […]

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Insta Review: Absolutely Almost, by Lisa Graff

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Albie is starting to realize that he’s different. Okay, so maybe he’s known for awhile – he can’t answer questions as quickly as his classmates, his teachers get frustrated with him so easily, and he mysteriously had to leave his […]

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Insta Review: Piecing Me Together, by Renee Watson

 Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Jade lives in the “bad” part of town. Her dark skin, curvy body, and unruly hair make it easy for people to assume that they know all about her – and she is so tired of fighting the stereotypes. Even […]

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Insta Review: The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Another bittersweet, complicated story of grief and survival by #jasonreynolds . Mike Miller’s mother is dead. She was sick, and that was hard, but now she’s gone – and he has no idea how to move on. To help his […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2017

Those few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas… does anyone do their best work at this time? If my own distraction and forgetfulness are any indication, we are all struggling to hold it together under the twinkly lights. With our six-day rotation cycle at St. Anne’s, I only get to see students in the library three […]

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Insta Review: Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! Every time a student saw this book sitting in my “Ms. Fitz is Reading….” display, I got the same response – “I LOVE THAT BOOK!” And it’s easy to see why. In Home of the Brave, author Katherine Applegate has […]

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