Maren Schmidt

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BOOK | Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 11, 2018

What is Montessori Education?

Montessori education more than anything is about understanding and aiding the natural process of child growth and learning.

FREE WEBINAR: Helping Parents "Get" Montessori

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 07, 2018

 Are you a school leader concerned about helping your school families "understand" Montessori?   

Please join me for a 45-minute "instant" webinar on Helping Parents "Get" Montessori.

In this free webinar you'll learn about:

Is Your School A Healthy Organization?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 06, 2018

The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.

Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health...

FREE WEBINAR: What Does It Take To Become A Good Observer?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 06, 2018
  • 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 a more effective teacher. 

The Art of Observation

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 01, 2018

One of the key principles of Montessori philosophy is observing the child involved in a self-selected activity, which Dr. Montessori referred to as “work.”

To observe, we should make sure that the children we are observing have something...

FREE INSTANT WEBINAR: How To Help With Spelling

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 10, 2018

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,...

Establishing Purpose

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 02, 2018

Over the last two posts, we’ve been looking at three key skills that can help us build strong school communities:

  • Build safety. When we create a safe environment, people connect, create bonds of belonging, and forge a group identify.
  • Share...

Save the date: Michigan Montessori Society

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 17, 2018

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...

Sharing Vulnerability

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 04, 2018

As we work to build strong school communities, communities of care and service, there are three key skills that can help us:

  • Build safety. When we create a safe environment, people connect, create bonds of belonging, and forge a group identify.

Safety First

Written by Maren Schmidt on August 01, 2018

What makes a group highly successful?

Daniel Coyle in his book, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, tells us that there are three key skills that leaders use to build cohesive, high functioning organizations.