Living in the Moment

On Friday, we got together and simulated some of the social fun we might have enjoyed if we were together physically with an online scavenger hunt contest. It was hardly a substitute for the real thing, but the effort felt worthwhile. Last week would have been the time when, after working hard and saving all […]

No Good Options

We have been reading Alan Gratz’s Refugee (Scholastic, 2017) together since mid-November, and expect it to wrap up this month. There are days we read and then I shut the book for a moment to discuss both the details of the story and the history behind it, and there are days I shut the book […]

The Power of Partnership

Partnership is a key ingredient of what distinguishes life at Miquon from many other schools. One central partner relationship is between families and teachers. Another is between teaching partners within classrooms and across grade band teams. Classroom teachers and specialists partner around curriculum year-round and during conference weeks especially. The partnership I am focusing on […]

Lifting Veils

How do spaces held sacred by a community reflect and communicate the world view and values of the people for whom the space is sacred? This is the question at the root of our work this winter, and as our exploration continues, we will invite the group to reflect directly on that question and post […]

The View from the Break-out Room

Our story (read aloud) time in the break-out room this year has been a bit unusual so far. Rather than beginning the year with a novel — often a classic — the material was tied more specifically to our thematic study, and we read a significant number of biographies of naturalists. Typically, they were from […]

The Value of “Real Work”

I’ve long struggled with the expression, “real work,” when it’s used to suggest that certain realities (the abstract, theoretical, or idealized sphere of the classroom, laboratory, etc.) aren’t as meaningful, as authentic, or as rich as other situations. I find it to be too pat a distinction. What we experience in our day to day […]

Conversation

So much attention is paid to reading and then to writing in the first years of school, that it is easy to overlook the importance that conversation — that first language-based connection we ever have with our children — continues to hold. In our fifth and sixth grade group, it is central to our work […]