Tag Archives: CCSS

Moving Forward Requires Character

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging the status quo In many sectors of our country, public education is spinning in preparation for the Common Core roll-out in the fall.  Districts, schools, and classrooms are frantically preparing for this new movement in education as … 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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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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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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Do Schools Inadvertently Stamp Out Creativity in Students?

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan: two teachers challenging classroom status quo When young children play, they are risk-takers, excited to push the boundaries, risking it all for the pure enjoyment of the moment.  Their creative spirit demonstrates total commitment to their … 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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The Real Cost of Cutting School Libraries

If you’ve been following our blog, you saw this coming: we love libraries.  Remembering our libraries from early school days,  no one spoke above a whisper, the Dewey Decimal System ruled from little oak boxes and worlds and ideas were shelved neatly … Continue reading

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Changing the Trajectory of Non-Readers

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging classroom status quo. We want to be clear: we fell in love with teaching a long time ago, and long before that, we fell in love with books, which led us to love … Continue reading

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Ending Human Trafficking From our Classrooms

By Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora, two teachers challenging classroom status quo The world is upside down now,  and the only hope of righting it is through education, but that can only happen when teachers move from the historical textbook-based curriculum to … 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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