Recent Posts by Donna Miller

Performance-Enhancing Strategies

Let’s take a quick two-question poll: List the five freedoms granted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Do you have that list?  Alright, let’s move on to question number two: Name the five members of the television family, The Simpsons. If your memory is typical with what statistics have discovered, .1 per cent…
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The Truth About Stereotyping

Although we often receive admonishments for using stereotypes, stereotyping is a major method by which we simplify our social world, since stereotypes reduce the amount of cognitive processing (i.e. thinking) we have to do when we encounter a new person or situation. One advantage of a stereotype is that it enables us to respond rapidly to situations…
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To Be Extraordinary

Etymology, the study of word origins, can be an interesting topic.  Take the word extraordinary, which derives from the Latin extraordinarius, for example.  The prefix extra means "out," and when combined with ordinem, "row, rank, series, or arrangement," the word extraordinary essentially means "out of the common order" or “outside the perimeter of the norm.”  This word…
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The Value in Failure

For too long, educators have been known as graders and judges, but they are also nurturers and igniters.  Teachers comfortable in those encouraging roles have also likely grown comfortable with the idea of failure as part of the achievement cycle.  Because making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning a new skill, such errors should…
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