Subscribe to SLJ
Bowllan's Blog
Inside Bowllan's Blog

Writers Against Racism: The Teaching Landscape With Sharon G. Flake

Advice to prospective teachers from Sharon G. Flake:

“Every community has its own way of speaking.”  (Yet we judge. We judge. We judge, and students know when teachers are judging them.

“Young children will read. Just give them the right books.”

Different doesn’t make it wrong.”

“Leave your stereotypes at the side of the road. Take our blinders off and give these students the right book. ”  -Sharon Flake

YA author, Sharon G. Flake shares her story on how she became a writer.  She also provides valuable advice for future teachers (and writers) on what ‘not’ to do.  Take a look. (video comes via Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

E-mail me:
Follow me on Twitter: @abowllan
Find me on Facebook!


  1. […] Julie Paschkis. Attendees flocked to hear authors Libba Bray, Rita Williams-Garcia, James Deem, and Sharon Flake, and shared meals while they listened to speakers Jonathan Kozol, Scott Westerfeld, Blue Balliett, […]