Recent Posts by Donna Miller

Ripples in a Pond

Growing up, I remember frequent reminders to think before speaking; therefore, cautions like “be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear” resonate with me.  While teaching, I frequently reminded my high school students, “Just because an idea crosses your mind doesn’t mean it has to cross your lips.”  If anyone audaciously retorted, “I…
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National Bullying Prevention Month

October has been designated as National Bullying Prevention Month. What does it say about society that we have a month designated to raise awareness about something as basic as human kindness? I realize that I can’t change the cruelties in this world. No matter how hard I try, I won’t be able to prevent murder,…
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Celebrating Your Right to Read

Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. Because I’m one of those teachers who likes to think for herself and to let others do the same, in honor of Banned Books Week, celebrated…
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Bulletin Boards with CALF Appeal

Many teachers use bulletin boards to decorate the classroom, to define classroom goals and policies, or to showcase student work, but bulletin boards can also be interactive teaching tools. Acting as “another teacher” in the classroom, bulletin boards that change periodically can reflect and complement new lessons, help visual learners better understand new material, reinforce…
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