Friday, November 22, 2013

raising global children

"Global children are curious, open-minded and aware of the world around them, explained Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, during a recent telephone interview. Berdan, an international careers expert, said that following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, many Americans 'contracted,' becoming less accepting and, understandably, more fearful.
'I think there's this element of people who still equate patriotism with putting a fence around our country,' Berdan said. 'That's not possible anymore.'
Today, Berdan added: 'Children need to be appreciative and understand each other and not be afraid of each other.'
The above exerpt comes from an Education Week blog announcing the upcoming publication of the book Raising Global Children.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

air traffic control for the brain

"Being able to focus, hold, and work with information in mind, filter distractions, and switch gears is like having an air traffic control system at a busy airport to manage the arrivals and departures of dozens of planes on multiple runways. In the brain, this air traffic control mechanism is called executive functioning..."

Much of this Harvard Ed School video was shot in a Montessori classroom.  Can you tell which clips?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Emily's Blog

Emily is a high school student.  She has begun a long-term internship at the Houston Museum of Natural Science because she loves fossils.  Where else could a high school sophomore be pursuing her interests in a real way?

In the photo above, she is working side-by-side with David Temple, Curator of Paleontology at the Museum.

A successful, typical student

Here's what high school students told High School Director James Moudry:

I asked the students today to give some characteristics they thought described a successful, typical POS student.


self disciplined


skilled in time management

self guided

strong will power


hard working


open minded


good communicator

has integrity