Things That Made my Brain Explode – October 12, 2018

There’s a lot of really great information on the internet. Of course, there’s a lot of junk, too – but if you look closely, and you’re plugged into the right communities, there’s a lot of really great information. Sometimes, it gets buried in the breaking news or weather alerts, and we miss it. (Or, if […]

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Family Connection: Resources for Talking to your Child about Consent

consent [kuh n-sent] verb (used without object) 1. to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented. 2. Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony. (Source) Although it has a wide range of complicated connotations, the definition of consent is actually very simple: to permit, approve, or agree. We consent to things everyday. Or, we disagree with them. As adults, it’s something we have practiced and exercise regularly (although some […]

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The Summer I Unplugged

I sat criss-cross applesauce on the tile floor, the window open in front of me, a hot breeze winding around my legs. Voices drifted in from the table on the patio below, and every few minutes a burst of deep laughter would float up to my ears. Out the window of the ancient home, set […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read…June 1, 2018

Sorry for the quiet on the Ms. Fitz Has Read front – what a crazy month May is for teachers! But even though I’ve been silent over here, I’ve been reading furiously behind the scenes. I’m happy to share that in May, I beat my goal of reading 100 books by the end of the […]

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6th Graders Say: I Learned that Graphic Novels…

In case you’re new here, I should probably fill you in: I love graphic novels. Like, a lot. I love the way that the creative format allows authors artists to tell their stories in such a wide variety of ways. I love the way that the artwork puts so much of the responsibility in the […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… April 4, 2018

March’s update went out the window with Spring Break, but I’m back for our beginning of April check-in! As of this morning, I have read 66 books this year. I’m feeling good about that number and my progress toward my student challenge of 100 books by the end of the school year. I know that […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read…February 6, 2018

Happy February! I read 24 books in January, but so far this week, I’ve been stuck on number 26. Here’s hoping that I get out of my slump, because my goal is to reach 40 by Spring break! So far, I’ve tried to read a wide variety and to try books that I might not […]

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Ms. Fitz Has Read… January 8, 2018

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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The Summer of The Slow Season

I need to confess something: I have barely picked up a book all summer long. Instead I have filled my days with friends, sipping cool drinks and brushing mosquitos away as the smoke from the grill tumbles skyward behind me. I have flown across oceans, hiking up mountains to discover waves thrashing the bases of […]

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Family Connection: The “Childhood Book”

The other day, a sixth grader approached me when I was standing at the circulation desk. “Have you read Mountain Dog?” He asked. Students approach me about books like this all the time. It’s my favorite part of the day. Sometimes it’s to talk about how much they loved a book – sometimes it’s to […]

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