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 for a team, earning a degree, buying a vehicle, inking a 30-year mortgage, or saying “I do” (GULP!) to a soulmate, we must learn to give it our all and move forward with courage and boldness.

Of course, doing so demands the following: fully understanding the situation, assessing the options, eliminating any distractions and inessentials, determining the most accurate and beneficial solution and accepting the results with complete mindfulness and understanding of all that is invested and all that may be affected.

Yep! In a nutshell, that is life. However, it also happens to apply to today’s classrooms and students’ learning.

In fact, if you were to ask me, “Hey, you bald-headed, teaching version of a Mr. Clean, is it possible to teach these concepts with 100% student engagement for five days straight?” My knee-jerk response would be, “You bet it is!”

To be perfectly honest, I would say it with 100% confidence and faith due to the engagement that I know comes with rocking the class with the “Voting Chips Interactive Learning Structure” from Studio 113.

First, check out the Voting Chips yourself. Then decide if you’re all in.

Students’ Excitement and Engagement

The Voting Chips Video Tutorial

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Additional / Optional Resources

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John Hardison
John Hardison is an interactive facilitator of learning and blended learning specialist at East Hall High School (Studio 113 & EPiCC) in Gainesville, Georgia. By creating a flexible class where literature creatively comes to life on a stage with students as the stars, Mr. Hardison focuses heavily on creativity, interactive structures, and student choices. In the past 18 years at East Hall High School, he has taught AP Language, American Literature, World Literature, and Applied Communications. Through original learning structures and a shared classroom concept, students are inspired to connect literature with their own talents and interests. Mr. Hardison shares his classroom concept and interactive structures by presenting at professional conferences and upon request by various schools. Look for John at ISTE and follow him on Twitter at @JohnHardison1.

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