Tag Archives: Teachers as Readers

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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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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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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Can We Do Better? A Salute to Dr. King

by Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora:  two teachers challenging classroom status quo It is just a little after the New Year, the time for resolutions, and by the time this is  posted and read by you, I am fairly confident … 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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You Are Not A Finished Product; You’re An Evolving Being

Why Aren’t Teachers Expected to be Readers? Teachers often choose not to be readers, and because of this choice, they lose, and their students lose. What we choose to read challenges and enlightens us and is just as important as … Continue reading

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