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...]

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

It was her first time on a plane.

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...]

Second Edition of planners

In August 2014, the second edition of the MiraNous planners will be published! The inserts have a few updates (i.e. inspirational quotes and some small changes). Also, we have a new cover design. The new binders are custom, mixed media designs. We still offer the Signature cover and the fabric covers as well. … [Read more...]

William Penn

"Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." (William Penn)   … [Read more...]

“We can’t go on forever with suspicious minds.”


This week we are thinking about and acting against suspicion. I was not sure how to convert this section of Lovasik’s book into a Guiding Principle for us. The more that I read the section on suspicion, the more that one person kept coming to mind. I was troubled by this because that someone is someone whom I care about deeply and she suffers from suspicious tendencies. I also keep hearing Elvis … [Read more...]

“It takes one to know one.”

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“It takes one to know one.” I think that we all remember and have probably said that phrase in our youth. Is there truth in that phrase? Is the good that I see in others, a reflection of the good in me? Are the unfavorable and lamentable things that I see in others a reflection of the unfavorable and lamentable things that reside in me? I don’t like that! Let’s help make our mind more … [Read more...]

Tame your email or be tamed by it!


Are you drowning in email? You may think that email is innocuous; but, every email that comes into your inbox creates stress, creates clutter, uses-up your time, threatens to be another thing that you let fall through the cracks, and distracts you form what is important.  It is time to tame your email or be tamed by it! The London Evening Standard reports on research on email and the stress … [Read more...]