The High Costs of Incivility

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 06, 2018

One of the dangers of dealing with incivility is like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. 

If a frog jumps into boiling water, he’ll jump right out. 

Light the fire after the frog is in the pot, and he stays until it is too late.

With...

SURVEY: What's Your Biggest Challenge?

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 10, 2018

I'd love to get your perspective in a quick survey I've put together for a master class I'm taking.

Two questions:

  1. As a school leader, what's your biggest challenge in working with your school community members?
  2. What projects are you finding...

Dealing With Incivility

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 02, 2018

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

This nursery rhyme from the 1830’s, created to help children develop self-control in the face of taunting, sets us up to think we have to accept incivility.

From an early age, we...

What Is Civility?

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 05, 2017

Washington Post article offers a startling statistic: 71% of employees are looking for new jobs.

The main reason for their job dissatisfaction is employees don’t feel appreciated on the job in two basic way, recognition and compensation.

The...

FREE WEBINAR: What About Kindergarten? A Montessori Perspective

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 04, 2017

It's a perennial problem for Montessori schools.

How can we show parents the importance of the third year of our programs for children 3 to 6 years old?

Because the third year is truly a leap year!

This is a session that you will want to let all...

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.

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! 

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.  

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: