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A taste from yesterday...

Today, November 8th, 2015, was my first real day at my internship for ttweak. I spent three hours helping out, from 8:30-11:30am.  

The project was the Houston Parks Board Bayou Greenway 2020 Corporate Sponsorship Video. The location was at the Thomas Bell Foster Park, way out by Jacinto City. It was a chilly day, low 60s, but the park was really beautiful. It was also super muddy, and my hiking shoes got dirty. 


What does future-ready look like?

According to a recent article at Edutopia, "What Do 'Future Ready' Students Look Like?" it's more than content mastery and lifelong learning skills.

This was all a part of the Hult Prize competition that asks post-secondary students to improve the lives of billions of people by launching a sustainable social business.
"It turns out that passion, a sense of humor, and knowing how to recover from setbacks are also critical readiness factors when it comes to tackling real-world problems."
 What about building the skill of collaboration?
"For teachers who want to develop students' collaborative skills from a young age,... 'Put students together in situations they're not comfortable with, so that they have to deal with conflicts in a useful way.'"
At Post Oak, from the time when children are very young, we're creating opportunities for students to be a little uncomfortable (that's where growth really happens) and providing them venues to work out problems.

What about resilience?
"[It] turns out to be another key readiness factor for tackling hard problems. 'There's no better trait for entrepreneurs.... Entrepreneurs fail fast and learn from mistakes.'"
Also, a good sense of humor helps people work through relationships with others and solve tough problems. "You need to be with a team where the laughs outnumber the angry outbursts."

The winning team in the Hult Prize competition chose Montessori for their system for early childhood intervention in Latin America. They call their centers, "PlayCares." Why Montessori?
"The Montessori approach develops self-esteem, self-control, respect for others. We thought it would be ideal for developing people who know how to think their way around problems."
There you have it.