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.

Aloha Leadership Retreat

Written by Maren Schmidt on July 17, 2018

 Aloha Leadership Retreat  

May 3-5, 2019

The Aloha Leadership Retreat is a dream come true, and you’re invited.

How Shall We Serve?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 29, 2018

One of the fundamental ideas for me about leadership is servant leadership.

We lead to serve. 

As school leaders, we lead to serve the needs, wants and aspirations of children.

But what are the factors for service in our world today, especially...

Is Your School A Movement Or Nothing But A Business?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2018

Why aren’t more of our schools places of realized potential?

An attribute shared by places of realized potential is that the group and its leadership see their organization as much more than a business.  The people in those organizations view...