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Melissa Andersen - Humanities Teacher

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From Vandalism to Public Art: A Middle School Mural Project

One spring day, a year and a half ago, I was across the street from Friends School of Minnesota in Horton Park on recess duty with our 5th and 6th graders. Horton Park is a square-block city park in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. It is a mini-arboretum with an open field, native gardens, and some cement picnic tables that are bordered by a cement wall that ranges from.. 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.

Regional History Day

Wow! We can’t express enough how proud we are of all of the 7th and 8th grade students. Our FSMN History Day was a success, and FSMN students did an outstanding job showcasing their hard work! Months of research and hard work were evident in each student’s project.

Getting Middle School Students Interested in Current Events

When 9/11 happened, I was in my second week of student teaching. I was completely clueless about how to talk about the events with my students. Current events weren’t a part of my lesson plans and most kids didn’t seem all that interested in what was happening miles away from our home in northern Minnesota. But on that day, what was happening in New York and the world seemed very.. Read More