Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Why Mixed-Age Classrooms?

Parents looking at schools often ask why Friends School of Minnesota has mixed-age classrooms. In short, we believe that mixed-age classrooms room build community – which is a core Quaker value and a foundation of progressive education. Learning to work with people of different ages and abilities is what life is all about. Classrooms are great places to start.

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