Meet Dr. Miranda


Hello! I am Dr. Miranda. I am pleased to offer this site as a resource for educators and parents. I have a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with those who teach, raise, and serve children. I strive to offer practical information that comes from a convergence of research, experience, and common sense. Although my professional focus is to improve student … [Read more...]

Using music in the “Classroom of Silence”

Classroom of Silence

I am failing in the classroom of silence. I struggle with being still, quieting my mind, and opening my soul enough to be able to hear God. There is much cacophony created by the external world. But I have to confess that the internal noise in my mind is as loud, cantankerous, and distracting as anything else. I awake very early. My house is still and quiet. I have trained myself to speak the name … [Read more...]

Sharing my journaling template

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I enjoy journaling. I, usually, have several journals going at a time. But recently, I decided to develop a one-a-day comprehensive, yet simple and fast journaling practice. I wanted to capture the important aspects of each day on one page. Do you journal? Have you ever tried using a template to organize and focus your journal entries? There are many benefits to journaling. I find that … [Read more...]

Get better sleep and change your life!

Young beautiful woman sleeping in bed close-up

There is one thing that I know you are not doing well. If you could do this better, your life would significantly improve. Get better sleep and change your life! Sleep is the panacea to many menacing things. And sleep wards off many future ills. In  importance, sleep ranks second only to a prayer life. Who doesn’t want to be more energetic, stronger, healthier, smarter, happier, more attractive … [Read more...]

The movie “The Giver” can help us make better decisions


“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong…every single time!” This is a ponderous statement by Meryl Streep (as Chief Elder in the movie “The Giver”). Even if you believe that people are inherently good, that statement weighs heavy on the heart because there are many people who believe it to be true. The movie “The Giver” was released this summer, 2014. It is based on a … [Read more...]

Ask questions that help you connect with your children

Time For Kiids Message Meaning Playtime Or Starting Family

Ask questions that help you connect with your children. If I do nothing else well this year, I want to follow-through on this blog post!  I want to connect better with my children despite the busyness. The school year is off to a busy start. My well-intended intentions and idyllic desires for this year are concrete and clear. However, they are already being challenged by the mundane, the busyness, … [Read more...]

Do you know what a MOOC is?

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Do you know what a MOOC is? This summer I found myself enthralled with MOOCs. Using MOOCs has been both a great resources and a great distraction. These are a distraction because there is so much that I want to learn. These are a resource because they helped me learn what I need to learn. So as with all things, if you are a lover of learning (a Philomath) proceed your learning with a plan. How … [Read more...]

Writing down where you left off saves time

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The start of the fall semester is the busiest time of my life. I have so much that I need to get done that I find myself getting paralyzed. It is ironic that when I need to most focused and most efficient, I waste the most time. This post is about a productivity tip: writing down where you left off saves time.   I have been wrestling with getting clarity on what it is that I … [Read more...]

It does not have to be this hectic!


  If the new school is hectic this will help. Request your free guide and subscribe to some resourcesandinspiraiton for a WAY better school year! … [Read more...]

Creating open spaces for God

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The school year has started. As I am getting busier, I am not creating open spaces for God. Without open spaces, there is no collaboration with God. Without open spaces, I am only feigning that I want to do God’s will. When I fill all the spaces in my life, what I am saying is "not your Will God, but my will be done." "When I fill all the spaces in my life, what I am saying is not your Will God, … [Read more...]

Use evernote to organize your child’s academic year


  This will be out soon as a short video to help you set-up and use Evernote to stay organized this school year. Evernote is an application that you can use on any computer, any phone, any iPad, etc. So the information that you load in one place will be available that not great? You will learn how to scan in all those important school papers and be able to access them … [Read more...]