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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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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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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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Slow Sprints: Close Reading, Pt. 2

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan In Part One of Close Reading, we focused on Think Aloud Strategies to help students become aware of their thinking and how to build on-going Think Aloud sessions into your classrooms. Periodically, we slow … Continue reading

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What is the Best Response to Injustice?

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan Sometimes poverty is a concrete noun that we can study and dissect as we attempt to break its power in the lives of our students.  If you’ve been following this blog, you already know … Continue reading

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The Working Poor

“Being poor is far less the result of ‘bad life decisions’ than it is the result of being born poor.”   Toure@toure on Twitter Language Arts and Social Studies teachers, look for a mini-Performance Task on what Americans believe about … Continue reading

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