Tag Archives: English Teachers

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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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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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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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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Curating Creativity

It’s hard to miss motivation and creativity when it blooms in front of us.  Yesterday, Joan’s eighth-grade son returned home from his Model UN experience saying, “In 362 days, I get to go back as a delegate of one of … 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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