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…


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…


A Quick Start Guide to Teaching Reading Skills

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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…


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. …


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…


One retiree’s quest for everything

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The law of attraction

Retirees are bombarded with advice on things to do and how to make money, so why should I be any different?

One of the perks of being semi-retired is being able to devote time to nonsense. …


Don’t worry, this has nothing to do with productivity

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Do retirees want to live better or just differently? Statistically, it is much easier to make huge gains in just about anything when you are scraping the bottom. We do that in education all the time — low-performing schools make good…


Less than 60 thoughts on turning 60.

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Skipping the obligatory listicle

Sixty years ago today a baby with a big head was born and grew up to write a lot of random stuff. The traditional approach for this type of article would be to engage in a listicle fest of things that I have learned that correspond to the number of…


What are you rebelling against?

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A revolution begins with small acts of rebellion. The revolution that gave birth to the United States began with a few thrown snowballs and harsh words in Boston.

If you are reading this you probably spent much of your youth either participating in or observing…


Do you ever wonder what’s going to happen next?

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The Fourth Turning

In my readings of articles about why things are the way they are I found mentions of a book called, The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. This book reference surfaced and resurfaced like a drowning person standing on…

The Recovering Educator

After more than 30 years in the educational industrial complex, I’m now thinking inside a bigger box.

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