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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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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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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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Laughter as Essential Behavior for Learning

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging classroom status quo. Spring Break is looming, but feels like a life time away.  Standing before the students,  every teacher wonders, “How do I engage them?” as we watch them slumped over,  books opened to the wrong page,  and … Continue reading

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Eight Essential Questions Connecting Literature to Social Action

We were scheduled to present at Oregon Read Associations’ Winter Institute this weekend, but the snow kept us home.  You can access our presentation by downloading our Power Point slides on Eight Essential Questions that Connect Literature to Social Action: … Continue reading

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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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Making Huck Finn Relevant to Disengaged Readers

by Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging classroom status quo Do you like irony?   After teaching–okay, over-teaching–To Kill a Mockingbird several years ago, I decided to show the class the film. After the first fifteen minutes, a … 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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