Michelle M. Finn
  • Cherryfield, ME
  • United States
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K-8 Educator
Frenchboro School
My husband and I run a one-room schoolhouse (K-8) on an island off the coast of Maine
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We are lucky enough to live on a spectacular Maine island that is home to a little one-room schoolhouse, a gaggle of terrific kids, and a…


Posted on May 8, 2012 at 6:14pm

Indigenous Skills in the Classroom

Having an extensive background in survival skills has transferred nicely to the classroom as every year the students learn about the indigenous tribes of Maine and North America.  We get outside and work on skills like fire by friction and shelter building. …


Posted on March 24, 2012 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Art and Nature

In our schoolhouse, we try to do a weekly art lesson as part of their visual arts requirements.  These standards are very general and give a lot of leeway for interpretation, so we end up doing a lot of tie-in to other subject areas, especially science.  Art is a wonderful way to not just learn a new way of self-expression, but also to truly look at nature with artist…


Posted on March 24, 2012 at 8:13am

Creating a Sense of Place in a One-Room Schoolhouse

For the past 4 years my husband and I have run a tiny one-room schoolhouse on an island off the coast of Maine.  Having grown up in the area, it was a wonderful move for me to leave bush Alaska where I had been teaching on a remote island, back home to Maine.  Another island?! I couldn't help but laugh.  The schoolhouse is over 100 years old.  You can see still the…


Posted on March 19, 2012 at 11:48am

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At 9:55pm on March 30, 2012, Suz Lipman said…

Hi Michelle! Warm welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm the forum host. I'm glad you found us and are making yourself at home. Your story and background are wonderful. I hope you'll continue to share your activities, ideas and photos with us and find this a rich source of resources. For any questions about the network, see our FAQ page. Hope to see you here again soon.


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