Because Embracing the Suck Just Isn’t Good Enough

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

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

Previously on How to Help Your Child Become a Better Reader: A Quick Start Guide to Reading Conferences

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

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

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…

Four counterculture icons answer the question of whether to drop out or take over.

In the winter before the Summer of Love, the former ferry boat, Vallejo was the home of Alan Watts. There he hosted a meeting of the four leading icons of the counterculture.

The joke begins…A guru, an activist, a poet, and a spiritual entertainer walk onto a houseboat…

The Spiritual Entertainer

Alan Watts is best known for introducing eastern philosophy to western minds. He was a philosopher, author, Episcopal Priest who has left a legacy of hundreds of hours of recorded live lectures, radio and television broadcasts.

The Activist

Allen Ginsberg…

Thank you so much for the good work you are doing under difficult circumstances! You are exactly right about the opportunities that are available for educators to share their knowledge. Organizations use to be the gatekeepers for educators to communicate with an audience and share materials. Now anyone with good ideas can easily get the word out as well as a product. I know of a lot of teachers that use teachers pay teachers. Thanks for reading!


How to make a career in education work for you.

Here is the feel-good part.


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet and shoes and whatever…

You know the rest. This is the portion of an article for educators that will provide you with feel-good platitudes for choosing the world’s most noble profession. There is no doubt that it is fabulous that you have chosen to be a teacher. …

I Found Focus With an Abandoned Kindle Touch

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

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. …

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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