Thoughts from a Socially Distant Teacher

Today, I was chatting with a librarian friend and lamenting how difficult it has been for me to focus on reading in the past week (we were chatting over Instagram from the comfort of our own homes, as we stay home in an attempt to flatten the curve). In response, she sent this: “Here’s the […]

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Great Stories By and About Women: Your Suggestions

Yesterday on Instagram, after a disappointing experience with a popular influencer’s memoir, I reached out for a little help. I asked readers and friends for their favorite memoirs and stories of badass women doin’ good. Here are the suggested titles, plus a few I found at my local library, if you’d like to see: Turning […]

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February Antiracist Book Club: White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

In 2020, I’m attempting to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. I’m not an expert, and I’m not a professional. You’re welcome to read and learn along with me, if you’d like. January: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving   My February antiracist read was White […]

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Things That Made My Brain Explode: March 10, 2020

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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On Pronouncing Names and Owning Mistakes

All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been learning about the amazing work of Vashti Harrison in preparation for her visit through the Virginia Festival of the Book next month. They’ve been talking about her nonstop, and we’ve been studying her work in many of my classes. And last week, in a meeting about […]

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Welcome to the Once Upon a Tech Podcast!

Welcome to Once Upon a Tech, the podcast where literacy and technology collide. Once Upon a Tech: The Literacy Adventures of Ms. Fitz and Miss-Bit is finally here! It has been a labor of love, and our first podcast episode is finally LIVE! 🥳🎉 Made with lots of joy (and mistakes) by me and my […]

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Antiracist Book Club: Your Reading Suggestions

I’ve set a goal to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. In early January, I put out a call to my online community: What books should I read? What have you tried and love? What impacted you the most? Here’s what you suggested. How to Be […]

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Antiracist Book Club: A moment from White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

This moment from my February #antiracistbookclub read flipped a switch in my brain. OF COURSE! How didn’t I think of this before?! My conversations with students are already so different because of this small, but critical, distinction. What do you think of this purposeful language? Would you use it in your conversations, with people of any […]

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January Antiracist Book Club: Waking Up White, by Debby Irving

In 2020, I’m attempting to read at least one book each month specifically to help me on my antiracist journey. I’m not an expert, and I’m not a professional. You’re welcome to read and learn along with me, if you’d like. Although I began thinking about and attempting this journey years ago, I didn’t find […]

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