This week at the Pocket Campus, our Elementary classes are quite lucky to host a dear visitor, Maryse Lepoutre-Postelwaite!
Maryse will be working with the Upper Elementary community Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in the afternoons, and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Her focus will be on conflict management, and on problem solving. She will run activities with the children designed to improve conflict resolution and community.
Maryse Postlewaite has been a Montessori educator since 1979 when she completed her AMI Montessori Elementary training in Bergamo, Italy. (Her undergraduate degree from Loyola University is in Elementary and Special Education.) She has taught in Montessori schools at both the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels for over 15 years each. In the early 1980’s, Maryse was trained with Children’s Creative Response to Conflict and subsequently implemented the strategies in her own classes as well as leading workshops in both public and private school settings. She has been a presenter at numerous Montessori national conferences, highlighting classroom management, team building, and conflict resolution tools.
Our own Wendy Tye student taught in Maryse’s classroom when she was taking her Montessori training years ago. Maryse was also one of the beautiful guides who came to help her set up the Upper Elementary community this summer. Maryse has put together a program especially for our community.
The children are in for a real treat, so be sure to ask them about their experiences this week!
Above: Wendy, Phyllis, and Maryse
UPDATE – Photos from the workshops below!
See if you can guess which photos represent each of these activities – which were only a portion of the exercises Maryse guided the students through… :
- Echo Name Game
- Machine Building
- Reflective Listening
- What You Don’t Know
- Hands Down
- What is a Conflict – skits
- Twenty Hand Handshake
- Parts of the Brain/Function of the Reptilian Brain
- The Five Agreements