Person-First Language in the Library

How do you best prepare your students for discussions about race, ability, and other human differences in your classroom? The conversations in the library since our community Black History Month discussion have really been remarkable. I’ve been so impressed with the way that students have opened up and asked questions out loud that they’ve previously […]

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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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Peer Mentoring: What Does a New 5th Grader Need?

This week we asked our group of 5th grade Peer Mentors: What does the ideal 4th grade graduate look like? What does every 5th grader need in terms of skills and knowledge to be successful when they begin middle school? Here’s what they created: In case you can’t read my handwriting, here’s a few off […]

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Black History Month 2020

February is Black History Month!  The image above is this year’s display outside of the library, which I created with Ms. Smith, kindergarten teacher and one of my all-around favorite humans. The silhouettes belong to strong and proud little members of our school community. Their names are sure to be on walls like this someday! […]

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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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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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Quest: The Souper Bowl Food Drive

A message from 7th and 8th grade students in the the How Can We Help the Hunger Crisis? Quest: “After watching that video, you know that 1 in 5 children in America doesn’t have enough to eat. But did you know that right here in Charlottesville, the number is 1 in 6? 57% of children […]

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How Do You Know if You Like Something?

How do we know if we like something? How does it make us feel? What happens in our bodies, on our faces, in our minds? Developing an identity as a reader means learning what you like and don’t like. But my work with social emotional learning has taught me that before we can start sorting […]

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