This last month, Friends School of Minnesota once again welcomed Korean student teachers from the Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP). What a great educational and cultural exchange for everyone! The Global Teacher Education Program (GTEP) is a short-term professional development and study abroad program sponsored through the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. GTEP is a partnership program with Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) in South Korea… Read More
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
On November 26, twenty five family members and friends attended the second of four 2013-14 Visitor Coffees at Friends School of Minnesota. The visit started with coffee and a chat with Head of School Lili Herbert. Then our guests visited classrooms to see FSMN in action. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend this event! Upcoming Visitor Coffees: Wednesday, February.. Read More
Last Friday, sixth grade students learned about and worked the school’s compost. As they have been for the last seven years, the sixth grade class is responsible for running Friends School of Minnesota’s school-wide composting program. Every classroom and our lunch room collects compostable items separately from recycling and landfill waste. Sixth graders collect compost each day from around the school and bring it out back to one of the school’s.. Read More
Each year, Friends School of Minnesota seventh and eighth graders spend a week at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, Minnesota. We do this trip to learn about the natural environment of the area and to build community among ourselves. This year, I got to accompany students along with three staff and four parent chaperones.
“Do you think gardens are an important part of community? Why or why not?” This was a question posed to Friends School of Minnesota kindergarten students before a neighborhood hike to the community garden. I asked them to hold that question while we walked and sketched. We would discuss their ideas after their experience.
Friends School of Minnesota middle school is selling fantastic Wolf Ridge calendars as a fundraiser. Sales will help pay for the environmental education field trips we make every year to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center and other great places.
It’s a great first day! Here we go! The anticipation (and perhaps dread for some) is over, the school year has begun. I have spent the day circulating among classrooms, meeting students, and observing teachers and students set expectations for the year. There is a very positive energy in the air, and today, no one is absent! I know I am biased, but this is an amazing school full of.. Read More