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Marshall Anderson - Kindergarten Teacher

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A Kindergarten Expedition: Science and Stewardship at Minnehaha

In the fall, our Kindergarten class (the Mississippi) went to Minnehaha falls. I learn so much from watching our children explore and wonder. They are scientists and artists and poets at their core and it is my job, my pleasure, to honor what they bring and help them extend that learning and exploration. What does a waterfall feel like? After we saw the magnificent waterfall, students acted out what a.. Read More

Kindergarten Field Trip to Minnehaha Falls

One of the gifts of being a teacher in a Quaker, progressive education school such as Friends School of Minnesota is to have the freedom to shape learning and curriculum with the student’s interests and needs in mind. Teachers use their creativity, instinct and intuition, reflection, and knowledge of their student’s interests to create and facilitate learning. Ideas for study can come from many directions and guide learning that is.. 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. FSMN K-4 teachers have been.. Read More