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An Odyssey

t is an Odyssey, a true adventure, for the 18-month old child to walk with her teacher through the halls and gardens of Post Oak School to get the mail.  The act of walking itself is her focus.  It is an accomplishment just getting all the way there and all the way back to the […]

Make the Most of It

t could be the motto on his coat of arms—his attitude toward life. In fact, it’s what Post Oak School graduate Darrell DeVera said to explain his wide-ranging activities first at Strake Jesuit High School, then at St. Thomas University.  In order to find a niche for himself in a large high school, Darrell joined […]

Montessori Today

Paula Polk Lillard begins the Preface of Montessori Today by telling about a chance encounter with a man whose two sons, age nine and eleven, attended a Montessori school in Chicago. asked him how he had come to choose a Montessori education for his children. “It was my wife’s decision,” he said.  “I was busy […]

A Word about Teaching

A Word about Teaching

  “Teaching is NOT a 9-to-5 profession,” she said, glowering out at the audience of Montessori teachers as if she were speaking to a group of intransigent youngsters.  This was Margaret Stephenson thumping the bully pulpit, wheedling and cajoling the choir to practice more often and to sing more sweetly. argaret Stephenson was my teacher […]

Parenting Teenagers:  What is this?

Parenting Teenagers: What is this?

        hey rolled their eyes as only two worldly adolescents can do. “What are you learning now?” they asked while examining the sheet I had tacked to the kitchen wall. “Your mother and I are learning to speak to the heathen adolescent.” A little humor never hurt in diffusing the intense sincerity […]

Valorization

Valorization

e missed you last week,” she said.  Middle school students had just hurried into the Houston Food Bank, eager to begin their morning of (almost) weekly service work.  They smiled sheepishly, pleased by the compliment.  It IS a compliment for adolescents to be acknowledged by the adult world, to be given the opportunity to do […]

Entertain My Children

Entertain My Children

‘ve learned that I don’t need to entertain my children,” said the mother.“If I just let them work–give them real opportunities to participate in the life of the family–to set the table, load the dishwasher, sort the socks–then they are happier and more settled. It was amazing,” she said to her older child’s teacher, “to […]

School Work

School Work

sing pitchforks and wheel barrows we were clearing dead water hyacinths from the boat ramp and the exposed lake bed.  Five middle school students, the park naturalist, Ms. Freund and myself were hard at work, restoring access to a recreational area.  It was hard work and we were all working hard – and with good […]