Maren Schmidt

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What The World Needs Now Is...

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 31, 2017

Here I sit with a long-view, physically and philosophically.

As I write this, it’s my 62nd birthday.

Gazing over the ocean from my lanai, I wonder how I can help in the time I have left.

Is Spelling Dead?

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 25, 2017

In today’s tech world with computerized dictation programs, along with the ability to use spelling auto-correct as we write, there is an educational faction that says that learning to spell is unimportant, that spelling is dead.

Research shows,...

What's The Tone Of Your School?

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 03, 2017

Victoria held back tears.

"I see now that my over-reacting to difficult and unexpected situations created this negativity at my school," Victoria said.

"When things don't go my version of perfect I get upset.  And it shows. A parent complains, a...

Creating A Culture That Is Friendly To Error

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 05, 2017

Life is full of mistakes! 

Unfortunately, most of us don't like to admit when we've made a mistake. 

After a choice I wish I hadn't made, I'm usually ready to learn from the mistake and move on.  Enough said! 

Free Webinar: What Does It Take To Become A Good Observer?

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 05, 2017
  • Have you ever wished for the proverbial teacher's eyes in the back of your head?
  • Do you want to help children overcome their learning obstacles?

Observation is the skill to help you become more effective.

FREE WEBINAR: Understanding How Children Learn To Read

Written by Maren Schmidt on August 09, 2017
  • Want FUN reading activities to do with preschoolers?
  • Want to feel confident about children's reading?

In Understanding How Children Learn To Read, you'll learn:

  • Skills essential to reading success
  • Common developmental obstacles
  • Why one...

Herding Cats?

Written by Maren Schmidt on August 01, 2017

As a school leader we deal with lots of different personalities from youngsters to adults. 

Trying to meet a variety of needs...no wonder we might feel like we are herding cats.

There are some similarities in guiding adults and children.  

FREE WEBINAR: Dealing With Difficult Behaviors

Written by Maren Schmidt on July 12, 2017

Are you dealing with these aspects of difficult behaviors with children?

  • Parent's denial about the behavior
  • Lack of strategies on how to assist a child with difficult behaviors
  • Too much time spent supervising a child
  • Handling the stress and...

Getting Things Done

Written by Maren Schmidt on July 04, 2017

Why do we need a to-do list? 

David Allen in Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity writes: 

What Kind Of Busy Are You?

Written by Maren Schmidt on June 06, 2017

What kind of busy are you?

Seth Godin wrote in his blog that there are two kinds of busy: