Category Archives: Literacy

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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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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What is the Real Price of Cheap?

  Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging the status quo Transformational classrooms allow the world into the curriculum and create open discussion about the world and its problems.  But moving beyond the problems, a transformational classroom creates change … Continue reading

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Left Behind: Children of the Incarcerated

By Joan Flora, Pattie Sloan, and Dorothy Flora, three teachers challenging the status quo Orange is the New Black, Season 2 is scheduled to be released in two weeks by Netflix. Here’s the gist: the television show is based on … Continue reading

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Why We Need the Arts and PE in Our Schools

by Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan: two teachers challenging the status quo Brace yourselves for CNN’s report by Kathleen Porter-Magee; this is going to hurt: Affluent youngsters, especially if they were also white, were much likelier to get rigorous curricula, advanced courses, … Continue reading

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Giving Poverty a Voice: West Salem HS Students for Change

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo.  Generational poverty isn’t easy to talk about.  It’s challenging to understand poverty as a complex social force; it’s uncomfortable to look at our own responses, as Americans, to American poverty.  However, … Continue reading

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Why Should we Care? Connecting Native Son to Today’s Generational Poverty

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status Schools have strong cultures, and because of this, it can be very difficult to bring new awareness to students  when the ideas are so alien to that school culture.   Instructing affluent … Continue reading

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Curating Creativity

It’s hard to miss motivation and creativity when it blooms in front of us.  Yesterday, Joan’s eighth-grade son returned home from his Model UN experience saying, “In 362 days, I get to go back as a delegate of one of … Continue reading

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Creativity Isn’t a Luxury; it’s a Viable Path

Alright, we trust that you’ve had a week of Spring Break relaxation.  You’re ready for this; in last week’s blog we wrote: Times have changed.  In fact, public schools are now in second-order change, which creates a new way of … Continue reading

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