Emily Miller's Blog

List of 17 news stories.

  • Lower School students playing at recess with our new Big Blue Blocks.

    Our Vibrant Community & Outstanding Staff

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    This time of year is full of great energy and excitement as performances and Exhibitions of Learning dominate the calendar. Most importantly, what you will always see is a joyful, vibrant community where students are excited to come to school each day.
  • Third graders created artwork using their 'own two hands' to show how they can help others.

    Amplifying Black Voices

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Throughout February, Lower School classes have concentrated on the theme of amplifying black voices stamped out by racism and on celebrating their contributions and influence on American culture and history.
  • Pre-Kindergarten students launched their first-ever Thank-O-Rama!

    Lessons On Gratitude

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Over the past weeks, the Lower School classes have been wrapping up the third unit from the Choose Love SEL curriculum. Students have been learning about Gratitude.
  • Mrs. Robinson reading to Lower School Students.

    Kamala Harris Inspires Us

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, and it gave women the right to vote. Its ratification did not lead immediately to all women, especially Black women, being able to vote. Now, 100 years later, the United States has elected Kamala Harris as the first-ever woman vice president.
  • Empowering Lower Schoolers to Work Toward a More Equitable World

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    This week has offered important lessons and many opportunities to engage students in conversation around topics related to civics, democracy, racism, voting rights, and protest that is in stark contrast to nonviolent, peaceful protest. We are committed to supporting students during this difficult time, and with your partnership believe that we can empower them to work toward a better, more peaceful, and equitable world. 
  • Election Education for Elementary Aged Students

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    With only days since the election, including the Lower School’s Core Values election, teachers and families continue to play a crucial role in helping students navigate the issues and the results. In the LS, we use the election as an opportunity to help students become informed of the issues, the election process, as well as the right to vote.
  • Virtual Global Studies in Kindergarten

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    While laying the foundation for reading, Kindergarten teachers are also reimagining their integrated global studies and travels around the world. Beginning this year’s journey on the continent of South America, they have already participated in three virtual field trips.
  • Our Rich, Integrated Curriculum in Action

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Every day I am reminded of the wonderful gift of having students back at school. Highlights of Brimmer’s rich, integrated curriculum are glimmering each day!
  • The Importance of Play

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Play is often touted as the primary work of young children. Play is said to boost children’s creativity, problem solving, vocabulary, as well as their social, emotional, and cognitive abilities.
  • Helping Children Navigate Racial Injustice

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Over the past several months our hearts have grown heavy as we have tried to make sense of our lives during this global pandemic and as we have witnessed unthinkable acts of racism and violence in our country.
  • Finding Light During Challenging Times

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    At a time when we are all metabolizing the decision to keep schools closed, and we are processing the daily dose of sad news and challenge, we are also heartened by stories of goodness, hope, and the love and great promise of the children around us.
  • Remote Learning: Honoring the Individual

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Brimmer has a long tradition of recognizing and meeting the individual student. With parent feedback, we gain a better sense of global adjustments that are needed, as well as ones that are specific to a particular child.
  • The Messiness of Deep Learning - STEAM & Design in Brimmer’s Lower School

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    While foundational skills in literacy and numeracy are central components of Brimmer's Lower School curriculum, so too are habits of mind that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, essential skills for 21st Century learners.
  • Inform + Performance = Informance

    Emily Miller
    The PK and Kindergarten Informance is a beautiful example of Brimmer’s thoughtfully designed curriculum and its commitment to a rich interdisciplinary education.
  • Encouraging Generosity and Building Empathy

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    The Lower School Food Drive (From December 9-20) is a meaningful opportunity to encourage generosity, build empathy, and develop responsible leadership around an issue that impacts people all around us.  
  • Technology as a Tool to Inspire Deeper Learning

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Over the years, I have had many musings regarding the use of technology with children, including my own. A committed advocate of innovative education, I recognize its integral role in preparing students for life and work in the 21st Century.
  • Responsible Leadership & Student Voice for Young Children

    Emily Miller, Head of Lower School
    Every time we encourage students to make responsible choices, and we give them a stage to exercise their young voices, we are helping them build important skills they will use throughout their lives.
    • Head of Lower School Emily Miller

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