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FREE WEBINAR: Want To Be A Better Observer?

Becoming a better observer

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. Please join me for this free 30-minute instant webinar, How To Become A Better Observer…The Montessori Way. In this information-packed […]


Why You Should Pay Your Child’s School Tuition

(even if your school is closed) Over the past couple of weeks with school closures due to the COVID-19 emergency, school leaders and parents have voiced concerns to me about school tuition.  “Several families have requested tuition refunds since we are closed and not offering our contracted services,” said one head of school. “Why should […]


7 Habits Of Highly Effective School Leaders

7 habits of highly effective people

Positive change. How do we know which direction to head when we decide we want to be more effective. The ideas from the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, are a good place to start.  Here is a series of articles to help you on your journey to be a […]


Habit 8 | Find Your Voice

Habit 8 Find your voice

Over the past two weeks I’ve shared insights from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People. In 2004 Covey published The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness. In The 8th Habit Covey urges us to find our voice and help others find their voice.  One idea from this book that I use almost every […]


Habit 7 | Sharpen The Saw

sharpen the saw

Carpenters and cooks know a certain rule of productivity. A sharp well-maintained tool makes a job go faster and easier. Plus, tools that are ready to go are a pleasure to use. One of facts of life that I understand now, that I didn’t appreciate in my 20‘s, 30, or 40’s, is that our physical […]


Habit 6 | Synergize

Synergize

Synergize? When I first read The 7 Habits, this idea of synergize lacked clarity for me. Covey subtitles this chapter on synergy as Principles of Creative Cooperation. As I incorporated the first five habits into my life, though, synergy appeared in my life. As I worked to put my ideas into action, solutions to setbacks […]


Habit 5 | Seek First To Understand

Habit 5 Seek first to understand

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 much time do we spend in learning to become more effective listeners to understand […]


Habit 4 | Thinking Win/Win

Habit 4 Think Win/Win

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.  The first three habits help us develop independence: Be Proactive Begin With The End In Mind Put […]


Habit 3 | Put First Things First

Habit 3 Put First Things First

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey tells us that time management is a misnomer. Our challenge is not to manage time but to manage ourselves. Our focus should be on enhancing relationships and accomplishing results instead of focusing on things and time. Covey says that our activities can be categorized into […]


Habit 2 | Begin With The End In Mind

Habit 2 Begin with the end in mind

Begin with the end in mind. A simple yet profound idea. How many of us would start to build a house without having a detailed blueprint?  But many of us go through life without much of a plan. Begin with the end in mind is a habit to help us be more effective in our […]