Category Archives: Litereacy

Huck Finn in a Global Classroom, pt 2

by Pattie  Sloan and Joan Flora: Two Teachers Challenging the Status Quo of the Classroom In Part 1 of this post, we introduced the connection between The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jim’s nobility, and today’s monstrosity: human trafficking.  In this post, Pattie … Continue reading

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Should we Sanitize The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

by Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging classroom status quo Ah, the classroom.  This is where the magic begins.   Most of us feel comfortable in our teacher-skin.  We are  with people we love, equipping them to be better readers, writers, and … Continue reading

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Can We Do Better? A Salute to Dr. King

by Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging classroom status quo It is just a little after the New Year, the time for resolutions, and by the time this is  posted and read by you, I am fairly confident … Continue reading

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A Bit of Subversion, A Few Things to View, and Something Sweet For the Holidays

Happy Holidays!  We’re both on break, sipping coffee, reading the whole newspaper, tackling our “next read” stack of books, staying up late watching movies with our families, and enjoying our time.  We love teaching, and we love our holiday breaks. … Continue reading

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Floating on a Sea of Talk: Close Reading #3

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan: two teachers challenging classroom status quo James Britton claimed that reading and writing lean on discussion, but it’s not just talk that students need; it’s academic conversations that teachers thoughtfully facilitate: Teachers of high-achieving … Continue reading

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Slow Sprints: Close Reading, Pt. 2

Slow Sprints: Close Reading, Pt. 2.

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When Curriculum and Current Events Collide

By Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora Connecting The Other Side of the Sky and I Am Malala  Classroom purists are shaking their heads as we shift from the “core literature” and the pursuit of the “elusive metaphor” to non-fiction and … Continue reading

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Practicing Slow Thinking in a Caffeinated World

Practicing Slow Thinking in a Caffeinated World.

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Practicing Slow Thinking in a Caffeinated World

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan This is a story about patience (it takes about 11 minutes to tell): See parallels to teaching Language Arts?  We do, which is why we decided to slow down and explain three big moves … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Testing Tsunami

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan If you’re a Common Core hater, you may want to skip this post and check in again in a couple of weeks when we’ve moved beyond close, critical reading strategies to The Adventures of … Continue reading

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