Habit 5: Seek First To Understand

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 04, 2017

There are four basic types of communication: Reading and writing, listening and speaking.

Most of our days are spent communicating in some form or the other.

Our school days are filled with learning to become better readers and writers, but how...

Millennials In The Workplace

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 03, 2017

 Are you concerned about the effects of the digital age on adults and children?

This 15-minute video with Simon Sinek is a must-see. 

Find out how you can make a difference. 


Join Me In Portland, Oregon

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 14, 2016

Join me in Portland, Oregon on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25 for an evening talk and all-day workshop.

It’s hard to get me to leave Hawaii but the Oregon Montessori Association convinced me to share some workshop aloha in...

The Deep Well Of Time

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 11, 2016

I want to tell you about an important book. 

Michael Dorer’s, The Deep Well Of Time: The Transformative Power of Storytelling in the Classroom.

Human beings learn best through stories. 

As Montessori teachers we are asked to be storytellers of...

Habit 4: Thinking Win/Win

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 30, 2016

One of the habits of highly effective people is to think win/win.

In our building of relationships there is a fundamental idea that comes into play:

We cannot create interdependent connections until we have established independence in ourselves. 

Is Your Child Getting Enough Vitamin N?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 15, 2016


In about 5 minutes, John Rosemond explains the danger in our children's lives of not getting enough Vitamin N.  


Fill Up Your Love Bucket

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 12, 2016

As school leaders we serve the needs of others.

From our “love buckets” we go around filling the needs of the children and the community members we serve.

As we serve others we must remember to stop every once and a while to fill up our "love...

Having The Difficult Conversation

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 03, 2016


February is my traditional fed-up month.

Cold, dampness, snow and not enough sunlight configure into my waking up like a groundhog and thinking, "Enough is enough!"

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 02, 2016

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells us that time management is a misnomer.

Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 30, 2016

Begin with the end in mind.

A simple yet profound idea.

How many of us would start to build a house without having detailed blueprint? 

But many of us go through life without much of a plan.