Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Avid Readers Breakfast

It was lots of fun to celebrate this year’s Minnesota Youth Reading Awards at our  Avid Readers Breakfast in April! Thanks to everyone for encouraging your students to read the nominated titles this year.   Our breakfast participants were the first to hear about this year’s award recipients, announced online earlier in the week. I have posted fliers outside of the library for everyone, but please share this information with.. Read More

State History Day Results

Great results this Saturday at State History Day. We had 12 of our 7/8th graders compete at the state level. Ten went on to the second round of judging. Eight received Honorable Mentions in their categories. Noah and Flann placed for Nationals! We couldn’t be prouder of how hard each student worked! Documentary: Noah Solomon – First Place, Junior Individual Documentary, National qualifier Emilia Topp-Johnson – Honorable Mention John Gisselquist –.. Read More

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.

May in the Library – 5th Grade Book Talk

May is packed for Friends School of Minnesota middle school students. The Friends School Plant Sale is almost here! The middle school will head over to the Minnesota State Fair grounds to help set up and work the sale. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders are also hard at work taking standardized tests so fifth graders student have extra time in the library!

Middle School Book Talk Titles, October 2012

Throughout the school year, I do Book Talks with middle school students where I introduce a variety books that might be of interest. Here are a few titles from my most recent Book Talks… 5th and 6th grade Book Talk titles: The Valley of Secrets, by Charmain Hussey Lunch-Box Dream, by Tony Abbott Wild Wings, by Gill Lewis Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy.. Read More