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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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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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Practicing Slow Thinking in a Caffeinated World

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan This is a story about patience (it takes about 11 minutes to tell): See parallels to teaching Language Arts?  We do, which is why we decided to slow down and explain three big moves … 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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Life is School

“Formal education must change.  It needs to be brought into closer alignment with the world as it actually is; into closer harmony with the way human beings actually learn and thrive.” Salman Khan The One World School House Salman Kahn, … Continue reading

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