Category Archives: character development

Civil Rights Must March On!

  Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo Giving us the wonderful movie, Selma, Hollywood allows us to peek into a transformational  biopsy of American history and view the  emotional, physical and spiritual struggles that created change in our … Continue reading

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Questions That Invite Thought

For teachers who joined us at this year’s Oregon Reading Association’s Winter Institute, thank you.  We enjoyed our time at the conference and really appreciated our conversations with you after our session.  As promised, here are our materials from the … Continue reading

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Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo. You probably know her, that dear student to the left of the text.  Students like her appear inattentive, drowsy and forgetful, and  they  can sometimes drive us crazy. And what usually happens is we categorize them as … Continue reading

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In Praise of Short Texts

As career teachers, we know there is one certainty that all teachers face: when it comes to thinking, reading, and writing, we must all teach process.  If we want students to read, view, listen, think or produce, we can’t make … Continue reading

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How Authentic Texts Lead to Engaged, Socially-Aware Students

We are in a season of educational change with teachers required to move  into unchartered waters with the new curriculum focus. The Common Core emphasizes reading informational texts, which for many English teachers is a departure, a powerful change, from the curriculum we … Continue reading

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Transformational Service

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo There is a  cock-eyed, optimistic belief we hold that, within each student, is the desire and ability to take a step of faith, do something dangerous and make a change in their … Continue reading

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Behind Every Success, There is a Wise Teacher

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo Indulge me a little.  This summer was full of life-changing experiences for me, and many of the adventures directly relate to your classroom. And before I continue, yeah, that’s a lemur on my shoulder. I  … Continue reading

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Creating Connections

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo The newspaper ads are signaling that a new season ( and no, it isn’t Christmas) is upon us.  That’s next month.  They are announcing their back to school sale, causing parents … Continue reading

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