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You Only Need One Little Seed

By Kate Shapero

  Tiny Harvest Put some seeds in your pocket  Feel the promise of what may come after the winter has had its say Know that this bounty was made possible by the hunger of little ones  and the sweet allure that drew them near Nature’s gifts are on full display at Miquon.  This fall, students explored the cornucopia around them through experiences designed to engage the senses.  They touched, smelled and tasted herbs from the garden; baked butternut squash and fried eggplants; they cut down tall sunflowers, rubbed the dried petals away and then listened to the delightful “ting” sound … READ MORE »

Turning the Unknown into Your Own

By Kate Shapero

As a relatively new mom returning to teaching, I thought this would be the year that I leaned heavily on all of my previous work as I figured out how to juggle responsibilities at home and wholeheartedly engage with children during the school day.  I imagined implementing trusted curriculum that I had struggled with and refined through previous experimentation.  The plan was to conserve intellectual energy (a.k.a. brain power) while still delivering the goods.  I found out that it doesn’t work that way–energy and enthusiasm are not things to be hoarded for later use; instead, they are continually generated through the process … READ MORE »

Things Fall Apart

By Kate Shapero

What happens when we die?  Spiritually, I have no idea.  But physically, we are a smorgasbord, a buffet, a literal all-you-can-eat feast for millions of organisms.  Decay is one big party where everyone stays to clean up until the place is spotless. Science teachers tend to be a little enamored with processes like these.  Many of us are fascinated with change and riveted when we find the beauty of transformation in unlikely places.  I even came across an AP Biology teacher’s blog titled “All Roads Lead to Detritus.”  The idea that your current manifestation is temporary and will undergo dramatic … READ MORE »

No Lab Coat Required

By Kate Shapero

To do science, kids don’t need lab coats or test tubes; they need a burning question. In the beginning of the school year, I spoke with a parent of a child in our nursery class. She excitedly asked me “When are you going to start doing experiments with the kids?”  She described her son’s recent obsession with creating kitchen concoctions and leaving them in the refrigerator with explicit directions not to throw out his “experiments.”  She seemed hopeful that we would soon explore exciting reactions, things that fizz and change color, as well as more methodical approaches to his mixing madness. We … READ MORE »