The Book that Changed Everything

In our opening meetings this week, our Head of School spoke about THE book: The One That Changed Everything. For him, it was Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Once he read it, nothing was the same. Then, he asked us to consider and share our own. My mind went to Harry Potter. As a kid, […]

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Listen, Learn, and Amplify: Resources for Black History Month

February is Black History Month. It’s only 28 days long and we’re already on day three, so let’s cut the niceties and get right to it: It’s too easy to let Black History Month pass by without bringing it into the classroom in the way that children deserve. Or to read one picture book about Rosa […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: January 18, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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Changing the World, One Reader at a Time

Fitz Between the Shelves is changing. When I started writing about libraries in 2012, I had one goal: to advocate for my library program. What were we reading? What were we learning? How were kids using their designated library time? There was an undercurrent to each post: This space is important. Students use it, students need […]

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Things that Made my Brain Explode – November 2, 2018

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial […]

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The Hate U Give Movie with Cville OneBook

I know absolutely zero about movies, so I don’t have any fancy review to share on this incredibly powerful and painful film. But I DO know that I’m so thankful to Hold the Line Magazine for giving me the opportunity to step outside of my echo chamber and spend the evening weeping, laughing, and screaming in a […]

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Things That Made my Brain Explode – October 12, 2018

There’s a lot of really great information on the internet. Of course, there’s a lot of junk, too – but if you look closely, and you’re plugged into the right communities, there’s a lot of really great information. Sometimes, it gets buried in the breaking news or weather alerts, and we miss it. (Or, if […]

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The Summer I Unplugged

I sat criss-cross applesauce on the tile floor, the window open in front of me, a hot breeze winding around my legs. Voices drifted in from the table on the patio below, and every few minutes a burst of deep laughter would float up to my ears. Out the window of the ancient home, set […]

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6th Graders Say: I Learned that Graphic Novels…

In case you’re new here, I should probably fill you in: I love graphic novels. Like, a lot. I love the way that the creative format allows authors artists to tell their stories in such a wide variety of ways. I love the way that the artwork puts so much of the responsibility in the […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… April 4, 2018

March’s update went out the window with Spring Break, but I’m back for our beginning of April check-in! As of this morning, I have read 66 books this year. I’m feeling good about that number and my progress toward my student challenge of 100 books by the end of the school year. I know that […]

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