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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The Library Interns’ Best Books of Quarantine (So Far)

Need a new book suggestion? The Library Interns can help! I’ve been struggling to keep up with my reading as I transition to distance learning, but the Library Interns have been absolutely killing it with their library dedication at home! So I asked the experts to bring their Best Book of Quarantine (So Far) to […]

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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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Resources for Distance Learning

*Most recently updated Monday, 3/23 I’ll keep this short and sweet – schools are closed and parents are left trying to teach their kids, work from home, stay sane, and keep everyone safe. It’s a lot. There has been an incredible outpouring of resources, from massive corporations and self-published authors alike, but they’re not easy […]

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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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Quest: Exploring Food Insecurity with the Rice and Beans Challenge

The average Supplemental Nutrition Benefit Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit per meal in the US is $1.86 (source). For the final experiment in our How Can We Help Solve the Hunger Crisis? Quest, we did an experiment to find out what its like to prepare a nutritious, delicious meal for our “Quest family” on that budget. […]

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6th Grade Sentence Starters for Finding Windows and Empathy in Books

Finding windows and mirrors in your reading can be really tricky if you’re still developing and strengthening your empathy muscles. And if you’re in middle school, when your development is screaming at you to focus on other things. Sixth grade readers put together this list of sentence starters today, to help give readers a push […]

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