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Dawn Miller

Dawn Miller

Dawn Miller

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Remember to Unplug the Kids Over the Summer

Yes, summer vacation is here which means sand in your toes, afternoons at the pool, family outings and prying electronics from the hands of school-aged children across the globe.While technology is an amazing thing, it is also becoming a problem for many youths who are spending far too much time wi ...

Good Reads

One of the true joys of summer is enjoying a good book whether it is on the front porch in the evening twilight or on the sand at the beach. So, why does it seem like such a chore to get children to read a book once the school bell stops ringing in June?Now, if you are lucky to have an avid reader ...

Summertime Blues

With summertime just around the corner, now may be a good time to stock up on those warm weather school supplies. Yes, I did say school supplies and please don’t click off the article just yet!While some down time during the summer is a necessary element, so is some academic work. Now, I&rsqu ...

Don't Cancel that Subscription!

Are newspapers headed along the same path as dinosaurs?  Not if educators have anything to say about it.  Newspapers are a valuable teaching tool and if you haven’t yet incorporated one into your child’s day, you should!  A subscription is relatively inexpensive and creat ...

Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

The age at which a child starts school is one of great debate. In the United States, most children must be five by a targeted date in August, September or October in order to register for kindergarten in their community’s school system. Three states set that bar in December or January and sev ...

Turn off the Movies!

Why does standardized testing equal a stoppage in curriculum? It shouldn’t. Teaching should not stop because students are either preparing for or are in the midst of taking one.Movies should not be used as a time-filler to merely get through an afternoon. There is far too much television watc ...

Testing Time Out

There is way too much time and effort in the classroom these days being spent on standardized test preparation. Yes, I understand the underlying issues and what they mean to school districts in the United States, but education is getting lost along the way.These tests were supposed to be designed ...

Field Trip Fun

As the end of the school year approaches, it will soon be time for the dreaded trip days. Depending upon your perspective, you either love the idea of being out of the classroom for a day or completely hate the thought.Field trips can be incredibly stressful, especially for new teachers. Veterans h ...

Making the Most of your Parent Volunteers

Having parents in your classroom can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. However, education is a partnership between home and school which means that establishing a good relationship with your parents is vital.Often times, having parent volunteers in your classroom is ju ...