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Interactive Learning Structures

John Hardison

Ahh Yeah! The Slow Jams Are Back

 “Ah, yeah! The Slow Jams are Back” (Part 2) (originally published here on GettingSmart on 8.3.2016) Ahhhh yeeeeeahhh! It's that time again, my brothers and sisters. Time to kick back and show the world how to rock out poetry the Jimmy Fallon way. Yep, it's time...

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Slow Jam the Poem: A Jimmy Fallon Inspired Lesson

“Slow Jam the Poem: A Jimmy Fallon Inspired Lesson” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 3.20.2015) Jimmy Fallon is just too talented. In fact, I believe he could do just about anything sometimes. Now, I don’t want to step out on a limb here, but I bet he...

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Is 100% Student Engagement Possible? You Bet It Is

“The Voting Chips” (originally published here on GettingSmart on 5.1.2017)As I understand it, everything we humans do represents a vote of confidence and faith or a vote of insecurity and trepidation. I mean, everything is an investment, right? Whether it's trying out...

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“The Trifecta” Interactive Learning Structure

“The Trifecta” (first published here on GettingSmart on 12.27.2016)Have you ever seen an interactive learning structure that fosters academic debates, encourages a deeper analysis of the standards, and challenges students with seemingly insurmountable team tasks? A...

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Need to Energize Your Class? Just Add Wax and Be Still

Need to Energize Your Class? Just Add Wax and Be Still

First published here on GettingSmart on 11.6.2012There are many ways to mix things up in a classroom and inject enthusiasm. From blended learning to project-based learning to time-tested traditional methods, teachers today have nearly unlimited resources and ways of...

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Hut 1, Hut 2: Literature on a Football Field

First published here on GettingSmart on 2.1.2015To me, it is indisputable that literature is meant to be brought to life. Easier said than done, though. Such organic rendering of the written word involves courage in the shape of improvisational and planned acting....

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