Category Archives: Education

Authentic Learning Trumps Scantrons

Teachers can see it dancing in front of them:  the finish line, a.k.a. summer vacation.  But in order to cross that finish line into summer paradise, they must first create, administer and grade the dreaded final! And honestly, no word creates … 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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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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Implementing Justice in an Unjust Environment

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  challenging the status quo The daunting task of managing a classroom of very active students is a juggling act for teachers that makes them part benevolent-dictator,  part subject-guru and part entertainer.  But if we truly want to create an equitable … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Challenge and Stress

by Joan Flora, in honor of Pattie Sloan’s retirement According to a recent survey in USA Today, 27% high school students report “extreme stress” during the school year, as opposed to  13% in the summer.  34% predict their stress levels will rise with … Continue reading

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Moving Forward Requires Character

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo In many sectors of our country, public education is spinning in preparation for the Common Core roll-out in the fall.  Districts, schools, and classrooms are frantically preparing for this new movement in education as … Continue reading

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Implementing Justice in an Unjust Classroom

By Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo When thinking about poverty and its impact on society, many of us to think about the streets of the inner-city or across the ocean to a Third World Nation.  The reality … Continue reading

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Bravo! Encore! In Praise of Teachers

  by Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging the status quo We are advocates for teachers and all they do for students and schools.   Because of their sacrifice and service, teachers will often  miss exercise, play, naps, and all of the wonderful … Continue reading

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