Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist

This year, for the first time in my professional life, I won’t be a school librarian. I’m starting a new role at a new school, and the change comes with a lot of feelings. I’m still working through those. (But suffice it to say, there are a lot of emojis involved.) Mr. Fitz and I […]

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Once Upon a Tech is back!

Once Upon a Tech is back! We loved sharing Morning Meeting with you, and now we are returning to our original idea for Once Upon a Tech: highlighting people that are working and projects that are happening at the intersection of technology and literacy. We hope you’ll join us on our weekly journey!   Learn […]

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Distance Learning Success: Poe-a-Tree Forest (K-12 Collaboration)

In case you missed it: distance learning is hard for everyone. From my last distance learning post: Honestly, it’s hard for everyone involved. It’s challenging for the students, who long to be in their classrooms with their friends. It’s challenging for the teachers, who have had  to pivot in a moment’s notice and completely recreate […]

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Distance Learning Success: Robot Design Project (K-8 Collaboration)

Distance learning is hard. Honestly, it’s hard for everyone involved. It’s challenging for the students, who long to be in their classrooms with their friends. It’s challenging for the teachers, who have had  to pivot in a moment’s notice and completely recreate their curriculum and teaching style, all while staying up at night worrying and […]

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Once Upon a Tech Morning Meeting on CBS19

This week, Ms-Bit and I had the pleasure of chatting with CBS19 about Morning Meeting, our daily podcast for kids and families. Because Ms-Bit and I are practicing social distancing and following Virginia’s stay-at-home order, we were interviewed via Zoom meeting – the first Zoom news interview either of us have ever done! You can […]

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Engaging Readers with Audiobooks

“How do I keep my reader interested, engaged, and growing without access to new books?” It’s a question that, as a reading specialist and a librarian, Ms. Grant and Ms. FitzHenry have seen from parents countless times in the past few weeks. Since our School closed its campuses in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

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Digital Book Club: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

Looking for a great story to share? As part of my distance learning plan with my elementary school readers, I’m sharing one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid, one chapter at a time! It’s bittersweet to be sharing this story – I’ve always wanted to do this readaloud with a class, […]

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Morning Meeting: A Daily Podcast for Families

Do you need a little pick me up? Feeling a little isolated, and looking for a way to connect? Ms. Fitz and Miss-Bit will be sharing ideas, laughter and creative challenges every Tuesday through Friday with the daily podcast Morning Meeting. Every day for about 15 minutes, we’ll share jokes, riddles, and sift through the […]

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Discussing Child Hunger Using Maddi’s Fridge

How can we talk about child hunger without pity, stereotypes, or making students uncomfortable? Our food drive is going strong this week (check it out here!), and students in the Lower School are excited. But in my work with kids, I’ve realized that they don’t always know who or what they’re helping, or why people […]

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