Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Piloting iPads in the Classroom

Using technology effectively in the classroom is an evolving challenge for teachers and schools. Curious about what some of the newest technologies might have to offer, we decided to create a pilot program to test new devices such as iPads in the classroom. As FSMN’s technology coordinator, I have some thoughts about this project…

What is Green?

FSMN alumnus Alex Christensen’s commentary for the Star Tribune “Questioning the ‘greening’ of America“ challenges us to ask “What is green?”  Alex is currently a student at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, studying Environmental Studies and Spanish.

How Much Homework?

A common question for prospective parents to ask me is, “How much homework is there?” It’s a great question because it gets right to the heart of a school’s educational philosophy. The amount of homework, the types of assignments and the reasons homework is assigned tells you a lot about what a school believes is important. 

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Robert Frost’s poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is so well known that we might not even give it much thought. But this poem comes to mind as I sit here in Minnesota on an oddly brown December day yearning for snow, considering the passing of the longest night of the year, and anticipating festive gatherings of family and friends. Frost’s quiet pause on a snowy night reminds me.. Read More