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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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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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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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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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Can You Love the Pebble in Your Shoe?

Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan In our last post, we promised we would address two myths about educating children from impoverished families.  First, we turn to Paul Thomas, a Furman University associate professor of education, who claims, “If education reform were committed … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad Through Giving, Not Giving Up

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan Hey, Walter White fans, English teachers cook, too.  Remember this recipe from our first post? The Create-Socially-Responsive-Learners Soufflé  Take any required novel. Add a little Paul Freire’s advice* Stir in a few sticky notes … Continue reading

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Is the American Dream Accessible to Students? By Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora Before we begin, test yourself and your students on local and global poverty.  Go ahead.  We’ll wait until you take it. How did you do on the … Continue reading

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