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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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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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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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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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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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Can You Love the Pebble in Your Shoe?

Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan In our last post, we promised we would address two myths about educating children from impoverished families.  First, we turn to Paul Thomas, a Furman University associate professor of education, who claims, “If education reform were committed … Continue reading

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