Classroom Blogs

Classroom Blogs

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 »