The Free Tool I Won’t Teach an Online Class Without

There are approximately six zillion online tools (hey, I’m not a math teacher – it’s an approximation), and I’ve tried almost all of them. And while many of them have merit, and some have even made it into my everyday arsenal for engaging students in an online class, there’s only one that I absolutely won’t teach an online class without.

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Creating a Book Soundtrack with Middle Schoolers

7th and 8th grade digital book club is 2/3 of the way through The Honest Truth, a novel by Dan Gemeinhart. Last week, I wrote about one of the ways that we’re exploring identity and privilege through the novel (you can read about that here). This week, we’re taking a new angle to make a […]

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Behind the Shelves: Loving Distance Learning

I’m learning that I love the way online learning allows unique learners to thrive in so many different types of mastery simultaneously. My summer courses started this week, and they are open to the wider community, which means that many of my campers are students that I’ve never met before in person. I’ve found myself […]

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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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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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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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