Best of 2018: Blog Posts

It has been a big year for Fitz Between the Shelves. With a new focus and a bit of a makeover, there have been lots of changes around here. And with those changes have come some extra traffic to my little corner of the internet, with more than 11,000 views this year. This may not […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2018

More Tech-Mas photos, including family snapshots from our Winter Wonderland Family Showcase, below. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Tech-Mas time! Each year, our 12 Days of Tech-Mas tradition has a theme (last year, we went wild for robots!) and for our third annual  celebration, we decided on a Winter Wonderland theme. That […]

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The Haunted Library 2018

This Tuesday evening, families gathered in the Learning Village library for a spook-tacular Halloween celebration. From the event invitation, shared earlier this month: On Tuesday, October 30th, the Learning Village Library will be opening its doors for a one-night-only, creepy and creative, frightening family event! Inspired by the novel The Graveyard Book, (our first book club […]

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Coming Soon: 5th and 6th Grade Present – The Haunted Library, 10/30!

On Tuesday, October 30th, the Learning Village Library will be opening its doors for a one-night-only, creepy and creative, frightening family event! Inspired by the novel The Graveyard Book, (our first book club of the year!), our St. Anne’s-Belfield School Learning Village community is invited to come and celebrate Halloween together with a pop-up family […]

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Simple Speech Bubble Book Talkers

These fun and easy speech bubble book talkers are the perfect way to encourage peer-to-peer book recommendations. Just create in Google Drawings, print, laminate, and hot-glue to a popsicle stick. At first students were too shy to take the marker, but each day I write a few less, and my readers write a few more! […]

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5th Grade FABLab: Are You Too Young to Start Something?

This post, written by STAB K-8 Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens, originally appeared on techkimstab.tumblr.com.  That was the question we posed to 5th graders this past trimester. Ten of them joined us to prove that, in fact, they are ready to start something. I have been super inspired by the She Started Itfilm and it’s message […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking

This summer at the Learn to Learn IV: Computer Science institute, Computer Science Specialist Kim Wilkens and I were both struck by the same bolt of idea lightning. (Don’t you love it when that happens?) After watching Jennifer Chiu, an associate professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, present about […]

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5th grade FABLab: Robots in the Wild

  After the success of our Wild Robot Book Club during the 12 Days of Tech-mas, K-8 Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I decided to collaborate on a FABLab experience for tech-savvy middle schoolers. We wanted to give them a time and space to experiment with robotics, find a building material and coding program […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2017

Those few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas… does anyone do their best work at this time? If my own distraction and forgetfulness are any indication, we are all struggling to hold it together under the twinkly lights. With our six-day rotation cycle at St. Anne’s, I only get to see students in the library three […]

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