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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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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Three OwnVoices Reads Helping Me on My Antiracist Journey

Hi! My name is Sarah, and I’m on a journey to become a better Antiracist. I’m not an expert. I am learning. Have you ever heard or read Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum’s moving walkway theory? “I sometimes visualize the ongoing cycle of racism as a moving walkway at the airport. Active racist behavior is equivalent […]

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My Favorite Moments of 2019

Earlier this week, I shared the most popular posts of 2019, according to statistics, on Fitz Between the Shelves. And while it’s fascinating to see what readers enjoy the most, it’s also surprising to see what makes it to the top of the list; because they’re rarely the moments that I loved the most! So […]

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Considering the Twelve Days of Tech-Mas

I haven’t been posting about the Twelve Days of Tech-Mas as I usually do this year. The action is still happening in the library (all day everyday!), and I had a scheduled social media plan to share our progress – but the truth is, I’ve been thinking a lot, and the name Tech-Mas doesn’t feel […]

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Something Miraculous

I have something miraculous to tell you about. Our 7th and 8th graders have designated library time in their schedule every week. This time comes with one rule: you can’t read anything assigned to you. Whatever you’re reading has to be something that’s exclusively for enjoyment. From e-readers to magazines to Narwhal and Jelly for […]

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Handed a Heart

This week, a 7th grade reader leant me a book. “This is the best book I’ve ever read,” she said, all shining eyes and earnestness. “You can borrow it, but please don’t touch any of the pages I marked. I need them. Will you read it, so I can talk to you about it?” What […]

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