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Michelle M. Finn's Blog (4)


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…


Added by Michelle M. Finn on May 8, 2012 at 6:14pm — No Comments

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. …


Added by Michelle M. Finn 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…


Added by Michelle M. Finn on March 24, 2012 at 8:13am — No Comments

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…


Added by Michelle M. Finn on March 19, 2012 at 11:48am — No Comments

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