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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Your Next Great Read: Recommendations from Fourth Grade

Looking for your next great read? We’ve got a few experts here to help you out! The entire 4th grade got together on Zoom to share the books they’re loving in their independent reading right now. They’ve got great taste, so you’re sure to find something fantastic, no matter what kind of read you’re looking […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… May 2, 2020

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from May 2, 2020. Time in April seemed to be completely elastic, either racing by or moving so slow it was pretty much backwards. For the first part of the month, I focused so much on the teaching and connecting part of my job (you can see […]

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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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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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Faculty and Staff (Digital) Book Club: New Kid, by Jerry Craft

\I did not expect to be hosting our New Kid Faculty and Staff Book Club from my dining room, in my slippers. If I’m being honest, once our school closed, I wasn’t expecting to host this book club at all. While we were all thrilled when more than 50 members of our faculty and staff […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… April 3, 2020

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from April 3! I have been struggling with words recently, both in reading and in writing. But if my librarian brain can do anything, it’s track data and make lists! So here we are. I’m far from my beloved reading wall, so this graphic will have 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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