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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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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 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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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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The Truth About High School Students

Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora: two teachers challenging classroom status quo. In our past posts we have examined creating a link from novels in the core English classes to current global issues, but in this post we want to examine using … Continue reading

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Child Labor: What’s the Real Cost Behind Your School’s Fund-Raising?

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan: two teachers challenging classroom status quo As Valentine’s Day approaches, school clubs and teams will raise funds for school programs through candy grams, commonly with Hershey’s Kisses or some other chocolate attached.  GreatSchools writes, … 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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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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