Classroom Blogs

Classroom Blogs

Math at Miquon Might Look like Fun and Games….

By Nancy Schmucker

But a closer look shows how kids can uncover their individual way of learning. Here, co-teachers Eléonore and Reem talk about incorporating group activities to nurture learning in their 1st and 2nd grade group. This week in 1st grade, we imagined and solved a number of story problems involving adding two quantities together. Some of us enjoyed acting out the stories to visualize what was happening. Others used math manipulatives to represent the numerical operations. We practiced different ways we can represent our thinking on paper and are beginning to move into our work with subtraction. In 2nd grade math, … READ MORE »

Summer Reading 2020

By Sarah Stippich

Need some great book recommendations? Here you go: the Miquon Summer Reading List 2020! (All books are suggestions; nothing is required.) A mix of exciting new releases, classics, and books in beloved series, you can find these books at your public library or local bookstore. Many are available on Epic! so check there for these books, plus more great reads. If you’d like to buy books, please consider supporting your local, independent bookstores. They sure could use the help right now. Contact them directly or order via, which supports independent bookstores. Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books Big Blue Marble … READ MORE »

Spotted Lanternflies and Children

By Kate Shapero

This summer brought Spotted Lanternflies to Miquon. The messaging from the media has been clear: Kill them on sight. As a community member and science educator, I understand the need to engage and mobilize the public in managing the early stages of this infestation. As a parent and teacher, I also know that children are sensitive creatures.  READ MORE »

Children at the Center of Layered Learning

By Kate Shapero

I just spent a week observing all of the group classrooms at Miquon.  What struck me most is how children consistently play the essential role in creating meaningful learning experiences.  In every single classroom I visited, children were observing, children were asking questions, children were making meaning, children were forming relationships. They were at the center of thoughtfully constructed experiences; the circumstances crafted by their teachers allowed their curiosity and caring selves to flow forth.  I have notebook pages full of observations to support this. I was incredulous when watching certain lessons unfold; in classrooms of all ages, teachers wove … READ MORE »