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Interactive Learning Structures

John Hardison
Teachers: Modern-Day Superheroes

Teachers: Modern-Day Superheroes

  Teachers: Modern-Day Superheroes     As veteran teachers, we originate from the first dry-erase boards, textbooks that were outdated the moment they were assigned to students, and collegial advice like “Don’t smile until Christmas” and “Shut your...

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The Perimeter, the Players, and the Offering

The Perimeter, the Players, and the Offering

“The Perimeter, the Players, and the Offering” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 1.14.2014) I can easily remember being a teenager and watching Don Mattingly execute a flawless swing to produce a one-hop double off the right-center field wall in Yankee...

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The Literary Revolver

The Literary Revolver

“The Literary Revolver” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 10.11.2014) Frankly speaking, interactive learning structures work. By merging standards-based prompts, random selectivity, a backchannel, improvisational acting, and overall creativity, Studio...

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Bringing Literature to Life Can Be Square

“Bringing Literature to Life Can Be Square” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 12.17.2014) Literature is meant to be brought to life. Without musical, artistic, acting, and verbal connections, many students view literature as an endless flipping of pages...

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90-Second Summary/Literature on a Football Field”

“90-Second Summary/Literature on a Football Field” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 8.24.2016)I’ve always been fascinated by behind-the-scenes documentaries. Whether it’s a captivating musician on VH1’s Behind the Music, an eternal sport with Ken Burns’...

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Drop the Syllabus for No Dis Day on Day One”

“Drop the Syllabus for a No Dis Day on Day One” (first published here on GettingSmart on 7.27.2016) You know what I am talking about. That “hand-out-the-syllabus, set-the-tone, and establish-all-rules” practice that more than likely catapults students into a coma-like...

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The Front Porch: A Rockin’ Interactive Learning Structure

“The Front Porch” (first published here on GettingSmart on 9.10.2015) There is so much about a comfortable front porch that is absolutely irresistible. The smooth, back-and-forth creaking of wooden rocking chairs. The rhythmic and melodic squeaks of a hanging porch...

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