Because Embracing the Suck Just Isn’t Good Enough

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The year 2020 is not responsible for the content…

I never liked holding a particular year responsible for all the rottenness committed by humans. A year is just an innocent unit of measurement that the human race fills with deeds both good and bad while we all complete an orbit around the sun. In spite of this was still happy to encounter some Christmas music on the radio today knowing that soon this year would be wrapping up. Changing the calendar to 2021 will be a symbolic gesture, but a pleasant one.


Consider the Influence of one of the Least Politically Diverse Areas in the United States

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The Need For Diversity

A lack of diversity leads to a lack of innovation. A lack of diversity leads to groupthink. A lack of diversity leads to stagnation. The need for diversifying systems, organizations, living spaces, in the areas of race, ethnicity, color, culture, gender, religion is an ongoing struggle. There is no doubt that diverse organizations that embrace the influence of all cultures, genders, religions, races, and ethnicities are stronger, innovative, and more adaptable to change.

Why Political Diversity?

Where there is no political…


A Quick Start Guide to Teaching Reading Skills

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Previously on How to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader:

Reading Conference Recap

The above link is to my Quick Start Guide to reading conferences for parents. My goal is to provide parents with easy access to proven techniques for teaching reading without educational jargon. The first article is on why and how to begin reading conferences also known as reading time with your child. Reading time is simply listening to a child read a book that is on their independent reading level and…


A Quick Start Guide to Reading Conferences

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This article is the first in a series designed to help parents help their children improve their reading skills without educational jargon.

A Reading Conference is a technique used in schools to help students improve their reading skills. This technique works to support school-based or home-based education. If the parent can read the parent can teach a child to read, specific knowledge or training is not necessary.

There are three requirements:

  1. A child
  2. A book
  3. An adult

To help you think about the process here is a quick analogy. Teaching reading and teaching driving. Typically the adult teaching driving had…


When you are tired of being SMART

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Ever Heard of George T. Doran? Me neither.

SMART Goals are a business acronym used in personnel and project management. The acronym SMART was coined by George T. Doran in the 1981 issue of Management Review titled, There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives. Doran did not get into the weeds about what was the definition of a goal v. objective. He noted that it depended on the organization. He tended to use the term objective in the article. His original definition is as follows:

  • Specific — target a specific…


I Found Focus With an Abandoned Kindle Touch

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Swiss Army Recruit

I was one of those boys that loved something that did a lot of different things. As a child of the 1960s, I did not have a lot of choices for multitaskers beyond a knife with a fork and spoon and various blades that my grandfather gave me. Over the years I have watched personal devices evolve from clunky and ridiculously expensive bag phones to our current generation of devices which will look just as clunky and ridiculously expensive thirty years from now. I pointedly call our phones devices, because there is…


It’s Never too Early or too Late

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Many years ago I set a goal to be retired longer than I worked. I technically retired at age 52. We shall see if the fates allow me to meet achieve the goal.

What is Your Retirement Goal?

I know people that say that they never will retire because they can’t afford to. That is essentially a self-imposed life sentence for the avoidable crime of not planning.

In the last few years of work I told people I thought more about retirement than I thought about sex. …


Kindergarten Teachers are the Keepers of Civilization

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

I am a recovering educator, or so I have written in my description. That is English for semi-retired. I have had the privilege of working with teachers at all grade levels. However, it has never been a secret that I hold kindergarten teachers in the highest esteem. Kindergarten teachers are all that stands between civilization as we know it and the civilization depicted in the movie, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Actually, the kindergarten teachers are protecting us from what would probably be a less well-organized version of Thunderdome thirteen years from now. …


What would future me say? A support for positive behavior change.

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To begin positive behavior change I start by asking myself, “What would future me say?”

Time Travel

Every person alive is a time traveler. We are all on a journey from the present to the future traveling forward in time. The reality is the future does not exist. It is nothing but a concept that we construct in our mind which is useful for planning. For example, planning for the future can be as mundane as putting some frozen chicken in the refrigerator to defrost for dinner tonight. Planning for the future can be as complex as preparing to spend the rest…


Will We Ever Let Money Improve the World?

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The Problem With Productivity

What happens when we can produce goods cheaply using automation and a minimum of human labor? How do people who lost their jobs to robots survive? More importantly, (to the automated manufacturers) how do people pay for the goods that are being produced?

Alan Watts: Money = Information

Alan Watts, a British philosopher who brought eastern philosophy to the open minds of the west coast in the 1960s asked and answered the questions listed above in his lecture, On Money, Guilt and the End. His quiet and calm thoughts regarding basic income continue to be debated…

Alex Wray Jordan

That was me, that is Alex, a recovering educator, writing about how to live a good life. B.S. Psychology, M.Ed. Special Education, Ed.D. Educational Leadership.

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