Friends School of Minnesota Blog

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Media Literacy and the Penumbra Theater Company

Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders wrapped up our Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Media and Pop Culture unit in humanities in May. This unit challenges students to examine the role media plays in their lives, how the media constructs messages about race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, and how those messages impact one’s sense of identity. We center the unit around the Center for Media Literacy’s five core concepts.. Read More

Fostering a Caring Community: The Annual MLK Day Celebration

Last Friday evening, I stood in the soaring lobby of the O’Shaughnessy auditorium greeting families, friends, and community members to the Friends School of Minnesota’s annual, all-school Martin Luther King Celebration. The excitement and pride amidst the families was clear; one parent told me it was her favorite day of the year, “even better than Christmas!” she declared.

Story Workshop in Kindergarten

One of the great things about working in a progressive education school like Friends School of Minnesota, is that learning and teaching remain fresh, vibrant, and full.  Our school supports teachers and learners to take risks and expand their creative vision, and knowledge base. In this spirit of trying out new and exciting ideas, I introduced kindergarten students to a new structure for learning called Story Workshop. FSM K-4 teachers have been.. Read More

7th and 8th Grade Spoken Word Unit

For the past two months, Friends School of Minnesota 7th and 8th graders have been studying the art of Spoken Word Poetry in their Humanities classes.  The unit evolved into a journey for our students that challenged them to express their own truth through poetry meant to be performed. The unit helped students achieve both writing and public speaking benchmarks.

Winter Poems by the Jungle Class

by Brenna Winkelman In a recent poetry unit, 1st and 2nd grade Jungle class student’s discovered how to see the world through poet’s eyes.  Students accomplished this in their poem about an object by turning their factual observations into original, fresh, new, and unique ways.  Within these poems students realized how their own personal views of an object engage their peers, because they had never seen the object in the.. Read More

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is so well known that we might not even give it much thought. But this poem comes to mind as I sit here in Minnesota on an oddly brown December day yearning for snow, considering the passing of the longest night of the year, and anticipating festive gatherings of family and friends. Frost’s quiet pause on a snowy night reminds me.. Read More