Creating A Culture That Is Friendly To Error

Create a culture friendly to error

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!  But…in our schools we need to create a feedback loop that encourages others to speak up […]


Planning Meetings With A Purpose

Planning Meetings That Matter

Have you been in a meeting where you squirmed in your seat and thought, “Why am I here?” Right!  Who hasn’t?  Painful, isn’t it? To plan meetings that matter for your next school year, ask yourself these two questions about each event: Why are we having this event? What do we want to do differently after our […]


Is Your Child Getting Enough Vitamin N?

Is your child getting enough Vitamin N/

In about 5 minutes, John Rosemond explains the danger in our children’s lives of not getting enough Vitamin N.   Eye-opening! A big thank you to Prager University for producing and sharing this message. 


Teaching Civility | Articles To Share

Teaching Civility

Here is a list of Kids Talk articles that might help you in your work of teaching civility. Click on the titles to read the entire article.  Asking Permission For many of us it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. If you really want to do something, why risk being told ”no”? […]


Remember To Do This Every Day

Remember to do this every day.

My college professor walked into the classroom.  “Pop quiz for a hundred points.”  “What the name of the janitor in this building?” Only two out of about 45 students knew the answer.   “What I want you to understand is that everyone in whatever organization you are in is important. Know who they are and […]


What Kind Of Busy Are You?

What kind of busy are you?

What kind of busy are you? Seth Godin wrote in his blog that there are two kinds of busy: “When I’m giving a speech, I don’t have the ability to squeeze in a phone call, think about what’s for dinner or plan tomorrow’s meeting. I’m doing one thing, and it’s taking everything I’ve got. So […]


Some Help For Summer Planning

making lemonade out of lemons

It’s summertime! For me, summertime means the luxury to think and plan. Set me up with a glass of ice tea on the porch, my yellow note pad, and a blue ink pen and I’m ready to plan how to make the next school year better. To help you with your planning, I’ve put together […]


Fill Up Your Love Bucket

Fill up your love bucket

As parents, teachers and 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 bucket”. We need to take […]


FREE WEBINAR: Want To Be A Better Observer?

how to become 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 […]


BOOKS | Planning For Summer Fun

Planning For Summer Fun

In my webinar, Planning For Summer Fun, I mention books to help you find and create fun activities. Here is the list. The Boy Scout Handbook 2016 The Girl Scout Handbook The Dangerous Book For Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden The Daring Book For Girls by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz Make A World […]