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Interactive Learning Structures

Interactive Learning Structures

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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60 Seconds & a Camera: Essentials for a Culminating Activity

(Originally published on GettingSmart.com on April 10, 2013.)     Please excuse any unintentional misleading as suggested by the above title. In all exactness, the blueprint for rendering a solid “60-Second Recap” is a bit more involved and time-consuming,...

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22 Power Cards to Revolutionize a Class Discussion

(Originally published on GettingSmart.com on March 27, 2013.)    The excitement generated from the interactive learning structure I am about to reveal will definitely not be confused with the impact felt from the French and American Revolutions or the Civil...

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“11 Steps to Gamify Your Next Lesson”

"11 Steps to Gamify Your Next Lesson"(Originally published at gettingsmart.com)With so many educators today discussing the possibilities and promises of online learning, one key aspect of education often forgotten in the quest to tear down these learning walls is the...

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