We failed. Now what?: 10 Steps for Discussing Failure with Kids

Student-led, inquiry based, project based… these learning terms are big in the education world, and the pressure for students to create meaningful, big, showy products is intense. But student-led and project based learning isn’t all productive work periods and beautiful results. Sometimes, the most meaningful and memorable thing that students can do is fail. When […]

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Things that Made my Brain Explode: April 22, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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I’m Sad, by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

“I’m sad. Will I always feel like this?” Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi must be mind readers, because the world needed this book. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but we don’t all have the tools to understand, communicate, and process those feelings in a healthy way. I’m Sad normalizes sad feelings – and reminds […]

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Fitz’s Faves Jr: R’s review of Happy Pig Day, by Mo Willems

Happy Pig Day, by Mo Willems It teaches you a great lesson. The lesson is that even if you don’t look the same you should still be a part of the thing you want to be a part of. I think Piggy shows a lot of excitement at the beginning and I love the illustrations. […]

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Insta Review: Girls like Me, by Lola Stvil

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Girl feels sad. Girl hates body. Girl hates life. Girl meets boy. Boy LOVES girl?! EVERYTHING IS BETTER! Sigh. What messages are we sending our young ladies? Despite some lovely poetry, a creative format, and […]

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Coming Soon: Family Night

Mark your calendars – Family Night is NEXT TUESDAY! I am so excited to celebrate all of the unique and wonderful families in our school community. This book club with a twist requires no preparatory reading – all you need to do is grab your fam and join the party. The amazing Jesús Pino Agular, from Jesus […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: April 12, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Quest: How can we make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for all?

What is an inclusive playground, and why does it matter? Our Quest has been working to understand and break down barriers that children in Charlottesville face that keep them from being able to read and play. Last month, we were lucky enough to meet Kara with Bennett’s Village, who taught us so much about Bennett, […]

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Ms. Fitz has read… April 4, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from April 4th! It’s been two months since my last check in, and we’ve officially made it to the overflow wall 🙌  So many recent favorites: Words in Deep Blue, Bad Blood, Illegal, On the Come Up, Quiver, The Benefits of Being an Octopus, Meg Jo Beth […]

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A Family is a Family is a Family

Grandparents and Special Friends Day is this Friday! It’s tons of fun to welcome so many meaningful guests to our campus. We’re all feeling excited about spending time with our families… and maybe a little anxious about what makes them different. So I’m thankful for books like A Family is a Family is a Family, […]

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