Tag Archives: The American Dream

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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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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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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Ending Human Trafficking From our Classrooms

By Pattie Sloan and Joan Flora, two teachers challenging classroom status quo The world is upside down now,  and the only hope of righting it is through education, but that can only happen when teachers move from the historical textbook-based curriculum to … Continue reading

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Do Something Uncomfortable Everyday

By Joan Flora and Pattie Sloan, teachers We work hard every day at being comfortable, at fitting in, but real energy in the classroom comes in discomfort.  When we are uncomfortable, we’re forced to become creative so genuine learning can … Continue reading

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