Recent Posts by Donna Miller

Find the Pony: Choose Joy

Happy Holidays is a common utterance during this time of year, a wish that prompted me to consider the topic of happiness. Although I don’t typically struggle with contentment, I have certainly experienced periods of dark discontent and unhappy bitterness, and I know others who endure that struggle often. I have avoided writing about this…
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Flawed to Perfection

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the notion of flaws and how we often perceive them with negativity. Perhaps, we need to interrogate the idea of feeling flawed. Applying critical thinking to that notion and shifting our perspectives, we might consider how mistakes are simply evidence of having taken a risk and come away…
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Honoring Identities Due Out in November

I am happy to announce that I have a book coming out in November. Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Honoring Identities argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural…
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The Relationship Between Habits and Rewards

With the commencement of 2020, I thought I would start a ritual, where at the end of each month, I would reflect on the bright spots and write the highlight of the month on a slip of paper and toss it into a mason jar, making it my Memory Jar.  That will help with the…
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