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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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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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Embracing Productive Risk-Taking

We’ve noticed a change in the school climate this year as we strive to incorporate the new national literacy standards, the Common Core, into our classrooms.  Joan’s observed over 150 classrooms in her school district since September and reports the following … 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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Practicing Close Reading to Inspire Social Action

Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan:  two teachers challenging the status quo If you are familiar with Common Core reading standards, you probably already know–and maybe dread–standard #10: read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently. For now, … 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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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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